Comparative Theology after the Shoah: Risks, Pivots and Opportunities of Comparing Traditions

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Marianne Moyaert shows the potentially violent nature of comparisons between Jewish and Christian scriptures by recollecting the story of the sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau and exploring how it has been interpreted. She notes some classical Christian (and anti-Jewish) readings of this story, which to her mind are exemplary of what Nicholson has termed the “old comparative theology.” Consequently, she formulates some ground rules for comparative theology after the Shoah, such as may help minimize the problem of violence in the comparative use of another’s tradition. In the last section of her chapter, she makes the proposed ground rules come alive by returning to the Jacob and
Esau saga. A careful study of this story together with rabbinic interpretations—including contemporary readings such as that of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks—not only interrupts thought patterns of replacement and substitution but also initiates constructive theological reflections about the relation between Esau and Jacob, Church and Synagogue, and Christians and Jews.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow to Do Comparative Theology
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean and American Perspectives in Dialogue
EditorsFrancis Clooney, Klaus von Stosch
PublisherFordham University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780823278435, 9780823280513
ISBN (Print)9780823278411, 9780823278404
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComparative Theology: Thinking across traditions
PublisherFordham University Press


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