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?
As a fellow Catholic I can agree that supersessionism remains a discussion largely outside of church circles. As you described your experience with listening to the Passion it is intriguing for me to reflect how I always interpreted Jesus’s fidelity to the Law as justification for God’s continued covenant with the Jewish people. Essential to that covenant is obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Jesus’s proclamation that he came not to abolish the law but fulfill it evinces the purposeful continuity between the declarations of the Old and New Testaments.