Ecclesia et Synagoga
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Allegorical signifiers in Christian texts and images, represented individually or as a contrasting pair focalizing fundamental concepts for the history of salvation. In their juxtaposition, Ecclesia (Church) and Synagoga (Synagogue) express a hierarchical relationship. The younger Church is put in a positive light by the older Synagogue, the “New Testament” by the “Old,” the Christians by the Jews. Ecclesia et Synagoga as an instrument of Christian instruction is central to a typological salvation-historical world view that can be found in the textual t…

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Heil, Johannes, “Ecclesia et Synagoga”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 22 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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