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 Meaning lost among the grandeur

Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is among the most visited sites on the planet and a splendid example of Gothic architecture.

Each year, millions flock to admire and photograph its flying buttresses and statuary, yet few take any real notice of two prominent female statues on either side of the main entrance. The one on the left is dressed in fine clothing and bathed in light, while the one on the right is disheveled, with a large snake draped over her eyes like a blindfold.

The statues, known as Ecclesia and Sinagoga, respectively, and generally found in juxtaposition, are a common motif in medieval art and represent the Christian theological concept known as supercessionism, whereby the Church is triumphant and the Synagogue defeated. Sinagoga is depicted here with head bowed, broken staff, the tablets of the law slipping from her hand and a fallen crown at her feet. Ecclesia stands upright with crowned head and carries a chalice and a staff adorned with the cross.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ecclesia_and_Synagoga_of_Notre-Dame_de_Paris#/media/File:Ecclesia_et_synagoga.jpg


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 Re: Meaning lost among the grandeur

// whereby the Church is triumphant and the Synagogue defeated. //

Isn’t that what sort of what happened? Jesus made no bones about it nor was he apologetic about it.


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That's not exactly what happened. Jesus said your house is left to you desolate UNTIL you say blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. The replacement theology represented by the two statues at Notre Dame has done away with the UNTIL and represents the theological belief that the Jewish nation blew it and now all the promises made to them belong to someone else and that someone is us! That is what the two Catholic statues were meant to portray. It has been official Roman Catholic doctrine since its earliest days and has been adopted by large parts of the non Catholic believing church


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