This book presents the backstory of how the Catholic Church came to clarify and embrace the role of Israel in salvation history, at the behest of an unlikely personality: Jules Isaac. This embrace put to an end the tradition, more than fifteen centuries old, of anti-Jewish rhetoric that had served as taproot to racial varieties of anti-Semitism. Prior to Isaac's thought and activism, this contemptuous tradition had never been denounced in so compelling a manner that the Church was forced to address it. It is a story of loss and triumph, and ultimately, unlikely partnership.
Isaac devoted his years after World War II to a crusade for scriptural truth and rectification of Christian teaching regarding Jews and Judaism. Isaac's crusade culminated in an unpublicized audience with Pope John XXIII-a meeting that moved the pope to make a last-minute addition to the Second Vatican Council agenda and set in motion the events leading to a revolution in Catholic teaching about Jews.
Norman C. Tobias, who holds a PhD in religious studies from the University of Toronto, Canada, is a practicing tax lawyer and former adjunct professor of law, Queen's University, Canada.
CHAPTER 1: On the Threshold of a Sacred Mission
CHAPTER 2: The Formative Years - Péguy 1877-1902
CHAPTER 3: From Academe to Activism 1902-1940
CHAPTER 4: From Citizen to Leper 1940-1943
CHAPTER 5: The Catastrophe 1943-1945
CHAPTER 6: Gospel Reality
CHAPTER 7: Jésus et Israël
CHAPTER 8: The Resonance of Jésus et Israël
CHAPTER 9: A First Papal Audience
CHAPTER 10: Mission Accomplished
CHAPTER 11: Quaestiones de Iudaeis
CHAPTER 12: Salvation is from the Jews
CHAPTER 13: The Rest of the Backstory