Featuring Dr. Dyanne K. Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, U.S.; and Aaron Fruh, President, Israel Team Advocates, Alabama, U.S.
The course will introduce participants to the seventeen-hundred-year-old root system of Christian Antisemitism. We will examine the tenants of Replacement Theology (also known as Supersessionism) and how it led to Christian persecution of the Jews throughout the ages leading up to the Holocaust. We will show that the longest-lasting hatred of the Jews has been Christian Antisemitism. We will discuss the resurgence of Replacement Theology in the last twenty-five years and its implications for the future of Christianity. We will discuss the tenants of the new Christian Zionism and how a post- Supercessionist theology is challenging Christian Antisemitism within the academy and in church pulpits. This course will also provide instruction in the nuances of antisemitism found in the contemporary Christian academy. We will examine the intersections and signifiers of race, religion, and nationhood as we consider the steps necessary for a redirection of the Christian academy to its Jewish roots.
SESSION 1: The Ancient Roots of Christian Antisemitism
Will be held on 13 January 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time
Session One will provide a historic context of Christian antisemitism and the reasons behind the separation of Gentile Christians from the Jewish rudiments of the Christian faith. We will unveil
the early beginnings of Christian anti-Judaism and the teaching of Replacement Theology that inspired the Christian persecution of the Jews during the Middle Ages. This session will also familiarize participants with the different sects and tenets of Christianity. We will define the church and its relationship to Judaism.
SESSION 2: Christian Antisemitism in the 1930s and 1940s Germany
Will be held on 20 January 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time. Session Two will examine the deep-rooted Replacement Theology in the German theological academy that was prevalent years before the rise of Hitler and how this theology led to an eliminationist ideology within both Protestant and Catholic church leaders and laity.
Will be held on 20 January 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time
SESSION 3: The Re-Awakening of Supersessionist Theology Today
Will be held on 27 January 2023 at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time. Session three will provide an
overview of the resurgence of Replacement Theology within the Christian academy today and its impact on Christianity worldwide. We will discuss the mutation of contemporary Christian antisemitism and the causes behind the growing anti-Israel and anti-Judaism trend in mainline and Evangelical circles—both in the Christian academy and Christian denominations and churches.
Will be held on 27 January 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time
SESSION 4: Toward a Redemptive Reconciliation: On the Possibilities of an Authentic Christianity Honoring the Jewish Womb of the Christian Faith
Will be held on 03 February 2023 at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time. This session will address a growing trend within the Christian academy to challenge the ancient teaching of Replacement Theology and its implications for the future of Jewish and Christian relations. We will also discuss the nature of an authentic, informed Christianity—one that recognizes its indebtedness to Judaism and builds bridges to Jews and the Jewish community.
Will be held on 3 February 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time