With Prof Jan Doktór, Prof Jan Grosfeld, dr Michał Łuczewski and Rev. Prof Mirosław Wróbel we will go through messianic currents in the Jewish and Polish cultures and their impact on the Catholic-Jewish dialogue. The starting point for the debate will be a thesis by Prof Jan Doktór stating that referring to national messianism can be helpful in bringing closer the dialogue between Christians and Jews.
The debate will be chaired by Dawid Wildstein.
The honorary patronage over the debate has been assumed by Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich.
The debate will be participated by:
Jan Doktór (1952) — a professor, historian, philosopher, academic worker of the Jewish Historical Institute. He studies Jewish messianism, Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, Frankism and Christian missions among the Jews in the 18th century. Prior to work at the Institute, he did research work at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PAN. He is an author of many publications (including editing of Frankist manuscripts). Additionally, he is the editor in chief of „Jewish History Quarterly”.
Michał Łuczewski (1979) — a sociologist, assistant professor at the Sociology Institute UW. He conducted ethnographic research in Żmiąca, the longest researched village in the world. He is a Polish Messianist, member of Editorial Department of 44 / Czterdzieści i Cztery magazine. Deputy Director of The Centre for Thought of John Paul II; recipient of the 2013 Reverend Józef Tischner Award for a monumental publication titled „Odwieczny naród. Polak i katolik w Żmiącej (2012). Visiting Scholar Studies at Columbia University (2005–2006); journalist, inter alia, of Arcana, Wprost, Res Publica, Polska The Times; co-creator of television-press series System 09.
Jan Grosfeld (1946) — a full professor, political scientist, economist, head of the Department of Theory of Politics and Political Thought and earlier of the Department of European Civilization and Culture at the UKSW Institute of Political Science; author of religious-social books; a journalist and translator. He comes from a Jewish family; he is Catholic. Since 1985, he has participated in the Neocatechumenal Way; many years’ member of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews.
Ks. Mirosław Wróbel (1966) — a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), theologist, the Chair of the Department in the Intertestamental Literature and Disciplines Auxiliary to Biblical Studies of KUL. He studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, at the Hebrew University and École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem. Interests: relations between Christianity and Judaism, Targum and rabbinic literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the apocrypha of the Old and New Testaments, ancient languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac and Greek), the Johannine works.