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Christian Supersessionism and BDS

September 8, 2020

Beginning most prominently with the Catholic Church’s ground-breaking document Nostra Aetate in 1965, and followed by several mainline Protestant denominations, there was for decades a steady effort to reject (or at least qualify) the fundamental Christian belief in supersessionism, the theological position that Christianity superseded or replaced Judaism and its divine covenant. Over the last generation, however, supersessionism has returned in company with the BDS movement. Professor Cary Nelson reviews both the theological and political consequences of an ancient prejudice that has been revived to give religious warrant to anti-Zionism. And he describes the principles that can be invoked to counter its effects.

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