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O, Jerusalem!: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant
Marc H. Ellis
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This century has bequeathed to the Jewish people a series of events "with horrific and startling consequences," including the Holocaust, the birth of the state of Israel, and now a powerful military state capable of defense against perceived external and internal threats. In this new context, the history and identity of the Jewish people are being decisively transformed and reinterpreted. What is their destiny?
Ellis sees a "struggle for the heart and soul of the Jewish people," which he locates in the covenant, symbolized by Jerusalem. Raising profound questions for both Jews and Christians, his book offers a renewed theology of the covenant and urges authentic embrace of its justice dimensions, its present "exile," and its future in revolutionary forgiveness.
"In his latest book Marc Ellis asks the defining question for Jewish life today: 'Can injustice, represented by Jewish domination of Jerusalem, be at the heart of the covenant?' Ellis's answer is that the covenant of Israel with God has been shattered by the creation of a state at the expense of Palestinian life in the land. It can only be renewed by a new ethic and practice of justice that reconcile these two people, who have become irrevocably linked together in the land, either for good or for ill."
Rosemary Radford Ruether Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all us of."
Noam Chomsky Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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About the Author
Marc H. Ellis is one of today's foremost Jewish theologians. A pioneer in Jewish liberation theology, he is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: Visions of the Diaspora and Homeland
CHAPTER TWO: On Memory and Justice
CHAPTER THREE: Jerusalem and the Broken Middle
CHAPTER FOUR: The Covenant on teh Threshold of the Twenty-First Century
CHAPTER FIVE: The Great Debate over Jewish Identity and Culture
CHAPTER SIX: Toward a New Sinai
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