Ending Auschwitz / Edition 1

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In this book, Marc Ellis wrestles with some of the critical issues of contemporary Jewish and Christian life, in particular the issues of Jewish and Christian religiosity after Auschwitz and 1492, two events that are historical and contemporary in their relevance. Both mark Jewish and Christian religiosity in deep and compelling ways. Ellis does not attempt to offer an exhaustive account of either the Holocaust or 1492 or their political, cultural, and religious consequences. Rather, he attempts to share with the reader a point of view that comes from his own experience of these two events as a Jew born in the first generation after the Holocaust, one who has also experienced some aspects of contemporary Christian life. Recorded here are some of the author's reflections that crystallized on and after what became for him, a journey of endings and, as significant, new beginnings.

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A contemporary Jewish theologian (Maryknoll Sch. of Theology), Ellis has also traveled widely; he went to Auschwitz in 1991 as a member of a delegation of Jewish scholars and intellectuals. He views medieval Christian imperialism and conquest, e.g., Columbus in 1492, and Auschwitz as closely connected, yet he sees possibilities for the human solidarity of Jews and Third World Christians in suffering and in hope. In this open-minded, truth-seeking work, he discusses the Middle East and new options of freedom from old Jewish and Christian self-definitions that are increasingly irrelevant. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255015
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc H. Ellis isDirector of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
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Table of Contents

1 Preparing for Auschwitz 1
2 Auschwitz, Israel and the End of Jewish Innocence 12
God and the Death Camps 16
A Silence on Israel 22
Accusing Images 24
3 Auschwitz and Palestine in the Jewish Imagination 32
Ending Auschwitz 38
Palestine before Israel 42
Palestine and the Jewish Future 50
Next Year in Jerusalem 54
4 Jews and Christians after Auschwitz 56
Christians as Enemy 64
A Jewish-Christian Solidarity 69
The Gospel of Columbus and I. G. Farben 73
The Limits of Christian Reform 81
5 Auschwitz and the Brokerless Kingdom of God 87
Jesus and the Jewish-Christian Establishment 92
Distorting Jesus 95
Hospitality and Healing 103
6 State Religion and the New Discipline 108
Crossing Boundaries 113
Ending False Divisions 123
A New Discipline 127
7 A Postcard from Auschwitz 131
Notes 142
Index 157
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