From Benedict XVI’s “Introduction to Christianity” to Theology of the People of God: A Synthesis of the Course

Final paper in the context of the Distance Learning Course 2018-2020 by Joseph Vincent Borres. This thesis aims to answer the following statement: “What are the starting points found in Benedict XVI’s ‘Introduction to Christianity’ and how did the course Theology of the People of God develop these seeds of theological insights?”

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Questions that pictures pose, 6: A partnership of equals – a utopian idea?

In the Gospel Book of Henry the Lion, the illumination of the Easter event takes up a full page. The event is depicted as if in a “collage”. The illustration of the two figures Ecclesia and Synagoga in the lower corner medallions is a unique testimony to their existential togetherness.

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Questions that pictures pose, 5: Law and grace

A certain picture-type, which has been formative in particular in German Protestantism is called “Lex et Gratia” – i.e. presentations of “Law and Grace”. This picture-type could also serve to devalue the Old Testament.

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Questions that pictures pose, 4: The figure of the synagogue – banished underneath the staircase

The St. Kastulus minster in Moosburg an der Isar contains a detail at the neo-Gothic pulpit staircase, which reflects the relationship between Church and Synagogue.

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Questions that paintings pose, 3: The unveiled Synagogue as objection

Another motif of objection against anti-Jewish attitudes can be found in medieval illuminations, e.g. in a depiction of the “tree of Jesse” in the Lambeth Bible (12th century).

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Questions that paintings pose, 2: The Jewish hat as a form of objection

Bruno Alber presents three examples that rose objections against Christian anti-Judaism, one in the Cathedral of Augsburg, and two from medieval illuminated manuscripts.

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