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Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Challenge of the 21st Century Hardcover – August 1, 2004

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"Challenging our conventional ideas, he forces us to reconsider our assumptions regarding Jewish identity and politics." --Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Chair in Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College and author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus

"We will all be the poorer if Ellis' 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

"A vigorous and important work, passionate for justice, rooted in a strong love for his people." --Gustavo Gutierrez, author of A Theology of Liberation

About the Author

Marc H. Ellis (Ph.D. Marquette) is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies, Baylor University. Ellis is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Practicing Exile (2003); and, with Baylor University Press, A Year at the Catholic Worker (2000) and Revolutionary Forgiveness (2000).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press; 3rd edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932792007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932792003
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,410,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book must be read with an honestly searching heart. It is powerful, and it is a call to renewal. How much violence can we turn a blind eye to? If you can't face the idea that the oppressed can easily become the oppressers and seek truth, then you will learn nothing. Ellis wants us to look at ALL humanity with the utmost mercy. That is sometimes a hard pill to swallow, especially to people who have been wronged unforgivably. This a fantastically testing book that can be read to gain wisdom not just on the Isreali-Palstinian conflict, but many other conflicts as well. I would highly recommend it.
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While I wholeheartedly concur with the content of the review by Midwest Book Review, I must point out that the book is NOT by Susannah Heschel. The book is writen by Jewish Liberation Theologian, Marc Ellis. It is a must read for every person of conscience!
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Now in an updated and expanded third edition, Toward A Jewish Theology Of Liberation is a clarion call to reconsider commonly held assumptions regarding Jewish identity and politics. Knowledgably written by Susannah Heschel (a professor of American and Jewish studies), Toward A Jewish Theology Of Liberation is as timely in the post-September 11th world as it was when it was first published in 1987. Susannah Herschel stresses the connection between the Holocaust and contemporary oppressed communities from the Third World, exhorting that Jews and Christians cannot allow anti-Semitism to become an excuse to deny solidarity with oppressed peoples of any race or faith - whether African, Asian, Latin American, or Palestinian. Also groundbreaking in its call to unite against Jews and Christians against idolatry - represented today by obsessions for personal affluence, national security, and ethnic survival - Toward A Jewish Theology Of Liberation is a powerful and transcendent work of Judaic philosophy and contemporary theology.
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This book starts right out with a forward by Desmond Tutu, who starts by telling us that he's not anti-Semitic. I think that the Jewish community will have to decide if he's right about that. Tutu then tells about the Jewish misfortunes in (presumably) World War Two: "they were humiliated, they were dispossessed, they were driven from their homes." That's true. But Tutu just can not bring himself to add that millions of them were systematically murdered! And he then adds "how could it be possible that people who experienced such untold suffering could now in their turn through the Israeli government treat others as abominably as they were treated?" Well, there is a very simple answer. They don't. And were I to say what Tutu wrote, I would expect to be called an anti-Semite.

Tutu does not stop with this, however. He adds a taunt: "God" ... "will not be mocked forever. This is a moral universe and all the arrogantly powerful who treat God's favourites" ... "harshly will get their comeuppance." It just could be that the Arabs are indeed more than a little arrogant and may be treating the Jews harshly and unfairly, but Tutu does not appear to consider this.

Once we get into the actual book, Ellis tells us that he used to be "ignorant" of the history of Israel. To a large extent, I suspect he still is. Still, when he discusses the Holocaust, he calls it "the death of six million Jews and the attempted annihilation of our entire people." Maybe he ought to tell Tutu that!

The author then talks about the views of Irving Greenberg as well as those of Nathan and Ruth Ann Perlmutter. Greenberg appears to have some sensible things to say. So do the Perlmutters, who discuss anti-Zionism.
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Marc Ellis, thinks that Blacks Hawks fly off the pages of the Torah has ideas about the State of Israel that loom somewhere between fantasy, and a deep hatred of Israel and being a Jew. This book blames Jews on the breaking of the Covenant, and is blood libel at it's best.
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