Christian Antisemitism Then and Now: Toward a Redemptive Reconciliation

Featuring Dr. Dyanne K. Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, U.S.; and Aaron Fruh, President, Israel Team Advocates, Florida, 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 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.

Will be held on 13 January 2023 at 1o AM Eastern Standard Time

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