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'An Indissoluble Bond Between The Church And The People Of Israel': Historical Fact Or Theological Conviction?

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In expressing the relation, or bond, between the Church and the Jewish people, Reformed and Lutheran statements of faith describing this bond have a clear preference for words like indissoluble or irrevocable or inseparable. This chapter deals with the following questions: Is the indissoluble bond a historical reality or is it only a theological conviction? Would it not be more honest to speak of a definitely broken relationship than of an indissoluble bond? What are the prospects for the Jewish-Christian dialogue in general and in the Netherlands in particular? Is it realistic to expect much more interaction? To get clarity on the implications of the professed indissoluble bond formulated by the Dutch Protestant Church, the chapter proposes four urgent themes: The Parting of the Ways, Covenant(s), Mission and the Question of Truth, and the State of Israel. These themes illustrate both the affinity between Jews and Christians and their estrangement.

Keywords: Christian faith; Dutch Protestant Church; indissoluble bond; Israel; Jewish people; Jewish-Christian dialogue; Jews



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