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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?

Michael Lucchese

Yes this was essentially what I was taught growing up in an Evangelical Free Church of America parish. It is less explicit in the Anglican faith I practice now, but I believe it is a “buried assumption.” Though England has certainly had its struggles with antisemitism, I think any faith tradition which places the Bible at the center of its focus, as Anglicanism indubitably has, will recognize in some sense God’s ongoing covenant with the people of Israel. The Hebrew Bible is the root of Christianity, and so it seems to me that, despite historic antisemitism, an honest reckoning with tradition *must* be philosemitic. I also believe that Western republican thought is as rooted in the Hebrew Bible as it is in Greek or Roman history, and therefore Western republicanism owes a debt of gratitude to the Hebrew people.