B-KUL-A02B1A Post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian Relations
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1. Students learn the basic facts of the history of Jewish-Christian relations and its connection with the Holocaust.
2. Students learn the theological challenges and perspectives raising from the religious encounter between Jews and Christians.
3. Students learn the basic documents and recent developlments in Jewish-Christian dialogue.
Introductionary courses in theology and religious studies.
Nederlandstalige studenten die gedurende hun bachelorsprogramma reeds het vak 'Christendom en Jodendom' hebben gevolgd, en die het opleidingsonderdeel 'Post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian Relations' volgen, kunnen voor dit vak een ander studietraject vervullen dat verderbouwt op 'Christendom en Jodendom' en één onderwerp van dit onderzoeksdomein verder uitdiept.
We reflect in this course on the relation between Christianity and Judaism. We study the history, the theology and the actuality of Jewish-Christian relations.
- The historical approach focuses on the biblical, theological and ecclesiastical roots of Christian appreciation of Judaism. We deal with the question of the responsibility of Christianity and Christian anti-Judaism for the Shoah (holocaust). We retrace the road travelled by the Christian churches from apology and intolerance to respect, repentance and interreligious dialogue.
- The theological approach deals with the theology of Jewish-Christian relations, both past and present. We tackle questions such as how Christians think about Judaism and how Jews think about Christianity. We search for continuity and discontinuity between both religions. The crucial question is: How can Christians proclaim Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God and at the same time appreciate the abiding validity of Judaism? We give attention to the contribution of contemporary Jewish and Christian theologians, and to the teaching of the Church. The need of such fundamental reflection follows especially from the historical responsibility of Christianity in general and of Christian theology in particular for the suffering of the Jewish people.
- The course also aims at making a contribution to the ever rising need for interreligious dialogue in our pluralistic world. This course will make the student aware of the opportunities and problems of the Jewish-Christian encounter and will show how interreligious dialogue needs an interdisciplinary approach. The course deals with topics of exegesis (e.g. typology), dogmatics (e.g. uniqueness of Jesus in relation to the Jewish people), moral theology (e.g. ethics and grace, remembrance and reconciliation), church history (e.g. the role of Pius XII during World War II, the case of the holocaust denier Williamson) and pastoral theology (e.g. catechesis and the teaching of contempt, the revision of the Good Friday Prayer). Special attention is given to the latest Church documents on Jewish-Christian Relations (We Remember: a Reflection on the Shoah and Dabru Emet) and to the historical and theological meaning of the visits of John Paul II and Benedict XVI to Israel.
This course is included in
Master in de gespecialiseerde studies in de godgeleerdheid en de godsdienstwetenschappen
(Theologie en religiestudie)
Master in de wereldgodsdiensten, de interreligieuze dialoog en de religiestudie
Doctoral Programme in Theology
Doctoraatsopleiding in de Godgeleerdheid
Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion
Articles and literature
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