The Shoah and the Christian Drama of the Redemption

  • Massimo Giuliani


For my contribution, I would like to answer to the following questions: Can we consider the Shoah as a novelty and a caesura for Christian theology, Christology, and the Christian doctrine of the redemption? If so, what will the implications be? The essay is a development of a methodological premise and three issues: the uniqueness of the Shoah as a crisis for the Christologies of the churches; the Shoah and the rethinking of a Christian theology of the Jewish people; mutual legitimacy and messianic responsibility of Jews and Christians after Auschwitz.


Jewish Identity Jewish People Jewish History Christian Theology Christian Church 
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