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Ecclesia et Synagoga
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Allegorical signifiers in Christian texts and images, appearing individually or as a contrasting pair focalizing fundamental salvation-historical statements. In their juxtaposition, Ecclesia (Church) and Synagoga (Synagogue) express a hierarchical relationship. The younger Church is distinguished positively from the older Synagogue, the “New Testament” from the “Old,” the Christians from the Jews. Ecclesia et Synagoga as an instrument of Christian teaching are central to a typological salvation-historical interpretation of the world that became a…

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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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0190>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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