Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

by Matthew A Tapie

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Theologians have long debated the significance of the Jewish religion for the Christian Church. Some scholars see Thomas Aquinas as the leading advocate of the belief that Israel has been superceded by the Church, while others hold that Aquinas avoids supersessionism altogether. The discussion has, however, not always analysed the terminology, nor has it taken into account some of Aquinas's commentaries on Paul's letters, his writings most relevant to the subject. Drawing upon the Pauline commentaries, Matthew Tapie shows that while Aquinas's most commonly articulated view is that the passion of Christ made Jewish worship and the Mosaic law obsolete, Aquinas also advanced views that set this into question, in ways that support Christianteachings affirming the value of post-biblical Judaism. In doing so, he provides both a rich and timely reminder of the ambiguities in Aquinas's thought and makes an important contribution to the literature of supersessionism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227903964
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Matthew Anthony Tapie is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword Pim Valkenberg ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

1 The Language of Supersessionism 9

2 Aquinas and the Question of Supersessionism 25

3 Israel and the Church in Aquinas's Pauline Commentaries 48

4 The Ceremonial Law as a Shadow of the Night (Hebrews) 60

5 The Ceremonial Law as Present Spiritual Benefit for Jews (Romans) 85

6 The Ceremonial Law as Fulfilled, Dead, and Deadly (Galatians) 109

7 The Replacement of Israel as Societas Sanctorum (Ephesians) 136

8 Rival Versions of Christ's Fulfillment of the Law: The Tension in Aquinas's Thought between Galatians 5:2 and Romans 3:1-2 156

9 Aquinas as Resource for Jewish-Christian Relations 183

Bibliography 189

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