Aquinas on Israel and the Church: A Study of the Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

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Aquinas on Israel and the Church: A Study of the Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

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dc.contributor.advisor Mattison, William C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Tapie, Matthew Anthony en_US
dc.contributor.other Soulen, R. Kendall en_US
dc.contributor.other Matera, Frank en_US
dc.contributor.other Capizzi, Joseph en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-01T16:44:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-01T16:44:29Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.other Tapie_cua_0043A_10357 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/10290
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Moral Theology/Ethics. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description This dissertation can be viewed by CUA users only. [24 months embargo]
dc.description.abstract During the last decade, the discussion over whether Thomas Aquinas's theology is supersessionist--the idea that God abolishes Jewish observance of circumcision and Torah and replaces Israel with the Church--has elicited deep disagreement among scholars. With the exception of a few studies on Aquinas's commentary on Romans, scholars in the discussion over whether Aquinas's theology is supersessionist have overlooked his commentaries on Paul's epistles to the Galatians, Hebrews, and Ephesians, which include some of Aquinas's most extended reflections on the subjects of Israel and the Gentile Church and on Jewish observance of the ceremonial Mosaic Law after the passion of Christ. The neglect of Aquinas's commentaries on Paul's epistles represents a significant gap in the current scholarship on the question of supersessionism in Aquinas's theology. This dissertation adjudicates conflicting claims in the discussion over whether Aquinas's theology is supersessionist by examining Aquinas's view of the ceremonial Mosaic Law after the passion of Christ in his neglected commentaries on Paul's epistles. My dissertation demonstrates that throughout Aquinas's commentaries on Paul's epistles there exist tensions and contradictions in his views of the theological status of the ceremonial Mosaic Law after the passion of Christ. In his Galatians lectura and in his Hebrews lectura, Aquinas argues that the observance of the ceremonial Mosaic Law after the passion of Christ is a mortal sin. Yet in Aquinas's lectures on Ephesians and Romans, Aquinas leaves this teaching out of his discussion of the ceremonial Mosaic Law after the passion of Christ. In his lectures on Galatians and Hebrews, Aquinas argues that circumcision is superfluous for all. Yet in the Romans lectura, Aquinas argues circumcision is a present spiritual benefit for the Jewish people after the passion of Christ. This dissertation illuminates the scholarly discussion over whether Aquinas's theology is supersessionist by demonstrating that Aquinas's thought, as revealed in his commentaries on Paul's epistles, contains economically supersessionist views of the Jewish people alongside and in tension with significant post-supersessionist resources. en_US
dc.format.extent 381 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject.other Aquinas en_US
dc.subject.other Church en_US
dc.subject.other Israel en_US
dc.subject.other Postsupersessionism en_US
dc.subject.other Supersessionism en_US
dc.title Aquinas on Israel and the Church: A Study of the Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas en_US
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dc.type Dissertation en_US


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