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Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation
     

Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

by Marc H. Ellis
 
Turmoil still grips the Middle East, and fear can still paralyze post-9/11 America. The comforts and challenges of this book are thus as timely as when it was 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

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Turmoil still grips the Middle East, and fear can still paralyze post-9/11 America. The comforts and challenges of this book are thus as timely as when it was 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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ellis, director of the Maryknoll Institute for Justice and Peace, presents religious essays by Elie Wiesel, Emil Fackenheim, Martin Buber and others about the effect of the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel on modern Jewish theology. Generally this collection is disappointing. With the exception of Wiesel's essay, the discussion of the ``crisis'' in America after the Holocaust is superficial. Ellis also generalizes about similarities among Jewish, Christian, Latin American, black and Asian liberation movements. He concludes by maintaining that dissenting voices in the Jewish community must be heard but fails to present enlightening indications about the future of Judaism. (April)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883443583
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Pages:
160

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James H. Cone
Ellis expands the dialogue to all people concerned with the essential testimony of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures -- the holistic liberation of the poor.
Phyllis B. Taylor
This fascinating book gives a solid foundation to the development of a Jewish theology of liberation. With its themes of Holocaust empowerment, survival and ethics, exile and renewal there is a challenge to the reader to explore one's faith and community in the light of the mandate to faithfulness.
William Tabb
This brave and important book...deserves to be read widely by Christians and Jews alike.

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