Last month, the Biblical Mind—a mostly-Christian publication deeply committed to learning form Jewish approaches to the Hebrew Bible—published an article titled “Jesus Restored the Original Purpose of the Law in the New Testament.” The article, and the headline in particular, elicited some sharp criticism from readers, a decision to retitle it, and then confusion over that decision from other readers. At issue is supersessionism: the idea, rejected by many Christian theologians and endorsed by others, that with the founding of Christianity God revoked Jews’ chosen status. In its more sinister versions, supersessionism implies that the Jews are, far from being a nation like any other, a people singled out by divine rejection.
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The Demise of UNRWA Is Long Overdue
The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)—which provides educational and social services to the descendants of Palestinian refugees—recently predicted disaster if the organization is unable to raise $100 million in the next few months. Ruthie Blum explains why this official’s claim that UNRWA “is indispensable in the lives of Palestinian refugees” is simply false: