• Accademic Unit
    Centre Cardinal Bea for Judaic Studies
  • Course
    Licentiate in Judaic Studies and Jewish-Christian relations , Annual Diploma in Judaic Studies and Jewish-Christian relations, Licentiate in Theology specialization in Patristic and Tradition of Fathers Theology

Objectives: to raise awareness amongst students as to the variety of Jewish/Rabbinic theological responses to the Holocaust (Shoah) and how such theological thoughts have an impact on contemporary Christian theologies.

: The Holocaust has shaken to the core the pillars of Jewish beliefs. Jewish Covenant theology has always interpreted the events of Jewish history as being a significant expression of God’s will. How is it therefore possible to argue today that the murder of more than six millions Jews can be understood in such a way? Looking at the writings of three major post-Holocaust theologians (Fackenheim, Rubenstein and Berkovits), the course aims at exploring the depth of questioning and doubts that define the current state of Jewish belief. While the main focus of the class will be centred on Jewish theological writings, we will also look at the way some Christian theologians have understood and responded to these writings and ideas.

After a general introduction, the course will be based on readings of selected passages from Jewish theologians as well as Christian texts responding and commenting on these texts. These readings will be discussed critically, enabling the expression of various opinions so as to generate a debate during the classes.

: The evaluation will take the form of a paper (elaborato), details of which will be discussed individually with the students.


  • Semestre: 1° Semestre
  • ECTS: 3



Lesson schedule/Room

Semester Day From To Room Floor Building Notes
1° Semestre Lunedì 17.00 17.45 T302 3 Traspontina
1° Semestre Lunedì 18.00 18.45 T302 3 Traspontina


  • E. FACKENHEIM, God's presence in History, New York, New York University Press, 1970; E. FACKENHEIM, To Mend the World, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1994; R. RU-BENSTEIN, After Auschwitz, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992; E. BERKOVITS, Faith after the Holocaust, New York, Ktav Publishing, 1973; A. FRIEDLANDER, Out of the Whirlwind, New York, Shocken Books, 1968; A. FRIEDLANDER, Riders Towards the Dawn, London, Constable, 1993; M. MCGARRY, Christology after Auschwitz, New York, Paulist Press, 1977; H. KNIGHT, Confessing Christ in a Post-Holocaust World. A Midrashic Experiment, Westport, Greenwood Press, 2000.