"Natural Succession Theory"

"Natural Succession Theory"
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Distinguished Lecture Series titled “​​Separation Anxieties: Jews, Judaism, and the Creation of Christianity” with Professor Adele Reinhartz

Thursday, February 2, 2023

6 p.m. EST

With an introduction by Natalie Reynoso and a faculty response by Karina Martin Hogan
In-person (location TBD) and online via Zoom Webinar (link included in confirmation email)


About the lecture series: The process by which Christians came to view themselves as separate from and even over against Jews remains one of the “hot” topics among historians and theologians of the Christian movement. In these lectures, Adele Reinhartz will consider three of the main ways that scholars from the late 19th century to the present have tried to account for this process. She will suggest that these theories reflect at least as much about the eras in which their proponents live(d) as it does the ancient evidence.

Lecture #2: Starting in the late 19th century, scholars began using kinship and other metaphors from the natural world in order to describe what they perceived as the historical relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Christianity was said to be born in Jewish soil, or to have grown from Jewish roots. Most often, however, Christianity was described as the daughter of Judaism. Why did the mother-daughter metaphor come into prominence at this time, and what does it suggest with regard to the history of Jewish-Christian relations?

Adele Reinhartz is a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. She has authored nine books, including Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2001), Cast Out of the Covenant: Jesus, Jews and Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John (2018), and most recently, Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (2nd edition, 2022). Adele was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2005 and into the American Academy for Jewish Research in 2014.  She was the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature (2012-19), and President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2020). In 2021 Adele was awarded the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize, given to one Canadian researcher annually by the Humboldt Foundation (Germany).

This event is co-sponsored by Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies, Fordham’s Theology Department, and the American Academy for Jewish Research.


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