Monday, November 15, 2010

"The Mystery of Israel and the Church"

A NEW BOOK SERIES, The Mystery of Israel and the Church, by Lawrence Feingold, is now available.

On the cover of this book is one my photos taken at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis:

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - mosaics in east sanctuary arch

The Cathedral has a comprehensive artistic plan based on the ideas of the Liturgical Movement of the early 20th century; mosaics in the sanctuary are designed to bring out figures and types of the Old Testament which foreshadow and find fulfillment in the New Testament, in what is called Biblical Typology. For example, the sacrifice of Abraham, shown here, along with the Passover meal, and the sacrifice of bread and wine by the priest-king Melchizedek foreshadow the institution of the Eucharist by Our Lord and his passion, which are illustrated analogously in other parts of the sanctuary, and which are re-presented in the Mass offered here.

Biblical typology is the topic of volume one of Dr. Feingold's book. From the publisher:
This work, the first of a series, presents a theology of Israel and her beautiful mission in salvation history from the perspective of the Catholic faith. Topics include: the election of Israel, messianic prophecy, Biblical typology, the major feasts of Israel and their relation to the paschal mystery, the Mosaic Law and the New Law of Christ, the prayer of Israel and of the Church, the ongoing mission of the Jewish people to witness to the Messiah, and Mary-daughter of Zion and Mother of the Church. It is hoped that this book may deepen the awareness of Catholics and others of the luminous teaching of the Second Vatican Council in Nostra aetate 4: "As the sacred synod searches into the mystery of the Church, it remembers the bond that spiritually ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham's stock."
From the Gnosticism of the Apostolic age until Modernism and New Age in our our own time, heresies often attempt to divorce the Old and New Testaments. Rather, the Catholic Faith depends on a harmonization of the two, which is convincingly put forth with Thomisic precision by Dr. Feingold.

Dr. Feingold offers a continuing series of lectures at the Cathedral Basilica on the topic of the Mystery of Israel and the Church: more information on these lectures can be found here.

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