David Novak is a Jewish scholar who has long been a dialogue partner with Catholic theologians. He had an article in First Things a couple of months ago about the difference between hard and soft supersessionism. In the current First Things he responds to letters to the editor about that article. One such letter, by Father Gary Hardaway, bluntly challenged Novak’s non-conversion to Christianity and wondered what his case against Jesus could be.
Novak responded just as bluntly. He declines the Christian claims about Jesus because
Jesus of Nazareth did not fulfill the necessary messianic criteria: He did not restore the kingship to Israel, he did not rebuild the Jerusalem Temple, and he did not bring about the universal realm of just peace or peaceful justice, when “the earth will be filled with the acknowledgment of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).
See the April 2019
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