Practicing Exile

Practicing Exile

by Marc H. Ellis
     
 

As a post-Holocaust Jewish thinker, Marc Ellis inhabits the land between homes that we call exile. In this intensely personal work he explores how the religious landscape looks from the perspective of an exile-and how religious searching continually leads away from the domestic comforts of received Jewish and Christian platitudes and into new struggles for

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As a post-Holocaust Jewish thinker, Marc Ellis inhabits the land between homes that we call exile. In this intensely personal work he explores how the religious landscape looks from the perspective of an exile-and how religious searching continually leads away from the domestic comforts of received Jewish and Christian platitudes and into new struggles for religious authenticity.

At once a memoir and an examination of conscience, Ellis's autobiographical starting points spark reflections on Jewish-Christian relations, liberation theology, religion and politics, and issues of justice in Israel and Palestine. His experiences also occasion meditations on solitude and solidarity, gratitude and alienation, memory and responsibility. They exemplify how religiously committed persons, though exiled forever from yesterday's certitudes, can yet practice covenantal fidelity.

In the end, for Ellis and for the reader, there is no going back. Exile is not simply a fact; it is a religious imperative. "At stake is the integrity of the religious search as a truly ecumenical adventure."

About the Author:
Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. A pioneer of Jewish liberation theology, he has written recently O, Jerusalem! The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant (1999) and Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time (1997), both from Fortress Press.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800634438
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
01/03/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1In the Beginning5
2Dream Gathering in Jerusalem20
3Practicing Exile29
4Lamentation41
5Memory and the Exile of God55
6Auschwitz at the End of Jewish History66
7Martyrdom87
8Diaspora in the Holy Land102
9A Public Confession117
10God of Life136
Epilogue154
Books Quoted169

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