In 1984, a monsignor who worked beside our bishop called me and apologized for not being able to attend my first ever function for Israel. Then he said, “However, our bishop desires to begin a dialogue with the Jewish community and you are the…
THE SACRED SCRIPTURES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE
It is above all by virtue of its historical origin that the Christian community discovers its links with the Jewish people. Indeed, the person in whom it puts its faith, Jesus of Nazareth, is himself a son of this people. So too are the Twelve whom he chose “to be with him and to be sent out to proclaim the message” (Mark 3:14). In the beginning, the apostolic preaching was addressed only to the Jews and proselytes, pagans associated with the Jewish community (cf. Acts 2:11). Christianity, then, came to birth in the bosom of first century Judaism. Although it gradually detached itself from Judaism, the Church could never forget its Jewish roots, something clearly attested in the New Testament; it even recognised a certain priority for Jews, for the Gospel is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
(Taken from the Introduction of The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in The Christian Bible, THE PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION, 2001. The entire document can be found online at the Vatican – here is your LINK!)