1. bookVolume 11 (2019): Issue 2 (August 2019)
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Forsaken or Not? Patristic Argumentation on the Forsakenness of Jews Revisited

Published Online: 08 Aug 2019
Volume & Issue: Volume 11 (2019) - Issue 2 (August 2019)
Page range: 180 - 198
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2359-8107
First Published
15 Mar 2013
Publication timeframe
3 times per year
Languages
English, German
Abstract

After the Shoah, the Catholic-Jewish dialogue has reached considerable intellectual depth, existential honesty, theological advancement and thematic width. The Orthodox Church, however, has hardly started its process of reconciliation. At the heart of the problem is the patristic argumentation on the forsakenness of the Jews, which in the Early Church was organically connected with the truth of Christianity. The patristic authors, however, were largely ignorant of the theological developments of Rabbinic Judaism and thus based their reasoning on mistaken presuppositions. In our times, this is especially clear with the patristic argument that it is perpetually impossible for the Jews to return to rule their Holy Land and Jerusalem.

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