Thomas Aquinas on the Jews: Insights Into His Commentary on by Steven C Boguslawski

By Steven C Boguslawski

The writer keeps that Thomas Aquinas in his statement on Romans makes use of predestination and election as hermeneutical keys to appreciate Romans 11th of September and to maintain a good theological view of the Jewish humans.

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15. This policy was reasserted by Nicholas IV. See also n. 16 regarding a decision of a cardinal legate in 1217 not to return baptized children to their Jewish parents in Toulouse. 55. John Y. B. Hood reaches similar conclusions. He writes: "the connection between Aquinas and novel manifestations of hostility toward Jews is tenuous. Aquinas was firmly opposed to mob violence and"forced conversions, and he lent no support to paranoid myths about Jews; at most, his ideas may have contributed to a cultural and theological milieu that made 'innovative missionizing' and treating Jews as heretics possible" (Aquinas and the Jews, Middie Ages Series [Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995], 108).

6. 11 to demonstrate that "the worship prescribed in the Law prefigured the mystery of Christ.... 48 THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE JEWS The Jews in the Summa Theologiae Consequently, two sets of reasons may be assigned for these observances: one according to their appropriateness to divine worship; the other. " 10. Michael Wyschogrod. The Body of Faith: Judaism as Corpor~al Election (Minneapolis: Seabury. 1983). 177. 11. See ST Ia IIae. 5. An exhaustive discussion of Thomas' understanding of the judicial and ceremonial precepts of the Mosaic Law is well beyond the scope of the current study.

25. Ibid. Related written papal policies were compiled and organized chronologically by Raymond of Penyafort in the Decretales; the work was com. pleted nearly a centory after Gratian's Decretum and was promulgated by Gregory IX in 1234. Another relevant synthetic, topical organization of ecclesial 50 THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE JEWS The Jews in the Summa Theologiae policy, was produced by Raymond, entitled Summa de Poenitentia et Matrimonio. " This subdivision is found also in the Decretales. See Chazan, Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages, 28 and 38.

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