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Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation
Foreword by Desmond Tutu and Gustavo Gutierrez

By Marc H. Ellis

Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation
Paperback, 280 pages $49.95
Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9781602583450
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Religious Studies, All Theology, Contemporary Theology, Jewish Theology

Turmoil still grips the Middle East and fear now paralyzes post-9/11 America. The comforts and challenges of this book are thus as timely as when first published in 1987. With new reflections on the future of Judaism and Israel, Ellis underscores the enduring problem of justice. Ellis' use of liberation theology to make connections between the Holocaust and contemporary communities from the Third World reminds both Jews and oppressed Christians that they share common ground in the experiences of abandonment, suffering, and death. The connections also reveal that Jews and Christians share a common cause in the battle against idolatry-represented now by obsessions for personal affluence, national security, and ethnic survival. According to Ellis, Jews and Christians must never allow the reality of anti-Semitism to become an excuse for evading solidarity with the oppressed peoples-be they African, Asian, Latin American or, especially, Palestinian.

Foreword by Desmond Tutu and Gustavo Gutierrez

1. A Shattered Witness

The Witness of Elie Wiesel
A Broken Covenant
The Commanding Voice of Auschwitz
Moment Faiths
The Holocaust as a Universal Crisis

2. The Cost of Empowerment

The Third Era of Jewish History
The New Anti-Semitism
Jews Without Mercy

3. Memory as Burden and Possibility

Holocaust as Burden
Dissenters in Zion
Prophetic Warnings

4. A Tradition of Dissent

The Internal Conflict over Zionism, 1937–67
Victory and Occupation, 1967–87
Jewish Responses to the First Palestinian Uprising, 1987–93
Oslo, the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and Beyond, 1993–99

5. Toward an Inclusive Liturgy of Destruction

Bitburg and the Messianic
Thinking the Unthinkable
Envisioning a Common History
The Revenge Must Stop

6. Liberation Struggles and the Jewish Community

Liberation Theologies from Around the World
A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
Four Elements of a Jewish Response

7. From Holocaust to Solidarity

The Challenges of a New Theology
Practicing Justice and Compassion in a Post-Holocaust/ Post-September 11th World
Is Peace Possible in the Middle East in the 21st Century?

Epilogue: The Coming of Constantinian and Evangelical Judaism

"Marc Ellis has written a book for people who want to think. Challenging our conventional ideas, he forces us to reconsider our assumptions regarding Jewish identity and politics. What emerges is a fascinating and original reconfiguration of some of the most hotly debated political and religious topics today."

-Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College and author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus

"This book has assuaged my pain to considerable extent, because it shows, as it has since the first edition, that the voice of prophecy has not been silenced in the Jewish community. We will all be the poorer if that voice is not heeded, but how wonderfully enriched if it is."

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of God Has a Dream

"Ellis's narrative belongs alongside those theological narratives that ought to be discussed. This is a vigorous and important work, passionate for justice, rooted in a strong love for his people, and with a deep sensitivity to other human communities."

-Gustavo Gutierrez, author of A Theology of Liberation

"Marc Ellis' Jewish Theology of Liberation has already become something of a classic. It is wonderful to have this book in a new and expanded version that covers Marc Ellis' life and prophetic thought up to the present."

-Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union

"Marc Ellis's Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation is a seminal work. It is not only a brilliant piece of Jewish dissident writing but a moral, impassioned call for reflection and justice that should be read by Jews and non-Jews alike. There is no doubt this book will become the standard among scholars for decades to come."

-Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

"Ellis masterfully uses the central, Jewish story of Exodus and Sinai to call for a contemporary Jewish (and Christian) theology of liberation. He argues against current political policies based on Jewish vulnerability, with the Holocaust as the chief lens, and issues a prophetic call for contemporary Jews to return to the liberation theology embedded in the Exodus, seeking justice for all. In the Israeli-Palestinian context, that requires both sides to "embrace revolutionary forgiveness" as they find ways to come to less-than-ideal but tolerable resolutions of their conflicts, and it requires Americans living in a post-9/11 world to reevaluate their understanding of Muslims and Islam. Whether you agree with Ellis' conclusions or not, you cannot help but be stimulated by his serious and meaningful use of this central Jewish story to understand and respond creatively to some of the most pressing issues of our time."

-Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Judaism

MARC H. ELLIS was appointed to the J.M. Dawson Institute of Chruch State Studies at Baylor University in 1998, and was designated in 1999 as both University Professor of American and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Intellectual and Religious Studies from Marquette University. Dr. Ellis is distinguished for his specialization in the areas of Jewish, Christian, and Third World liberation theology, Holocaust and Post-Holocaust theology, and Twentieth- Century Jewish-Christian theology, thought, and dialogue.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 280 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL040090, REL067120
 Baylor University Press

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