Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?
Hi Dominic. I think that the document of Vatican II, Nostra Aetate 4, gives a valuable basis for the relationship between Jews and Christians. When we see that we share a spiritual patrimony with the Jews, we can cultivate mutual understanding and respect and also engage in biblical and contemporary dialogue. I experienced individual Catholic leaders who take Israel seriously, but unfortunately, many others have a quiet anti-Semitism attitude, as do the Evangelical-Protestant ones too.
The teaching and proclamation that God and the Church did not reject the Jews are central.