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Always the Jews — 7 Comments

  1. I haven’t heard of this Anglican arrangement before. How sad. I heard that Christian Supersessionist-like talk was uttered at recent Methodist gatherings, also.

    I’ve never accepted this supposed ‘Judeo-Christian’ heritage that ‘progressive’ members of both our religions are always talking about. Rosenweig and Buber were incorrect. I agree with Yeshayahu Liebowitz that it would have been better for all of us had the Marcionite heresy gained the upper hand. Jewish-Christian relations would have been less frought, as the self-styled ‘heir’ would have no reason to resent a ‘testator’ that is still alive. Christianity exists in an entirely different mileu and paradigm – we just share the origin narratives. If the Pauline epistles mark the real founding of Christianity, then we are just two completely different religions and in no way is Christianity an offspring of Judaism. Supressionist problem solved.

  2. I would not accept that Paul is the founder of Christianity.

    I do, however, believe that a better world depends upon mutual respect for what others hold sacred.

  3. Ian, the Exodus 14 reading is not the Passover – it is the crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh’s army.
    The darkness is surely simply the darkness of a night vigil. We wait in anticipation to mark the resurrection, the most sacred point in Christian salvation history, and as we do so we retell an older story of God saving his faithful people, the Israelites. There is only one God – their God and our God are one and the same.
    I fail to see why a Jew should take any offence at this. Surely we are expressing solidarity with them and honouring their tradition?

  4. Passover is the anticipation and celebration of that liberation.

    The vigil has been observed in each parish in which I have served since 1998. We have always kept the church lit for the reading of salvation history and have included a reading on the death of Jesus at the end of the sequence – then we have darkened the church and had silence until the Paschal light is brought in.

  5. I’m no Christian expert, I’m always open to correction and distinction.

    I very much agree with your point on mutual respect, even if my dismissal of the Jewish-Christian interfaith approach so far might seem cold. I should not have used the word ‘progressive’ to describe all who take this approach.

    What was the lesson of Bavel, other than centralization (”one language and one speech”) should not be?

  6. That reminds me of the exchange in a Woody Allen film – was it Annie Hall, I’m not sure. Woody and friend are chatting by a bus stop. A passerby asks him, “When’s the next bus due?”
    Woody turns to his friend, “You hear what he called me?”

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