Sibling Rivals: How the Idea of Chosenness Unites and Divides Jews and Christians

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Winter 2024

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Shapiro Lecture hosted by the Catholic Theological Union


The idea that God specially chose the people of Israel is central to the theology of the Hebrew Bible yet is among the most maligned and misunderstood biblical concepts. This talk aims to introduce major aspects of the Hebrew Bible’s election theology by highlighting how early Christian and ancient rabbinic sources adopted various facets of the biblical idea of chosenness in unique and at times inverse ways, leaving Jews and Christians both united and divided by the scriptural heritage they share.