Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Challenge of the 21st Century

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CHAPTER 1
1
The Attorney-General of the government of Israel v. Adolph Eichmann, District Court of Jerusalem, criminal case No. 40/61, minutes of session no. 30, pp. L1, M1, M2, N1.
2
Richard L. Rubenstein, The Cunning of History: Mass Death and the American Future (New York: Harper & Row, 1975) 4–5. Although the long and distressing history of Christian anti-Semitism has been well documented, a brief examination of some of its manifestations, as outlined by Jewish Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, is illuminating. See his monumental work The Destruction of the European Jews (New York: Harper and Row, 1961) 5–6. Anti-Semitism, of course, was not restricted to the Roman Catholic church during this period; it also permeated the thoughts and teachings of the Protestant Reformers. This is most clearly evident in the writings of Martin Luther. In his book, About the Jews and Their Lies, Luther sketched the main outlines of what later became the Nazi portrait of the Jewish people. “Herewith you can readily see how they understand and obey the fifth commandment of God, namely, that they are thirsty bloodhounds and murderers of all Christendom, with full intent, now for more than fourteen hundred years, and indeed they were often burned to death upon the accusation that they had poisoned water and wells, stolen children, and torn and hacked them apart, in order to cool their temper secretly with Christian blood. … Now see what a fine, thick, fat lie that is when they complain that they are held captive by us. It is more than fourteen hundred years

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - A Shattered Witness 15
  • Chapter 2 - The Cost of Empowerment 31
  • Chapter 3 - Memory as Burden and Possibility 51
  • Chapter 4 - A Tradition of Dissent 75
  • Chapter 5 - Toward an Inclusive Liturgy of Destruction 115
  • Chapter 6 - Liberation Struggles and the Jewish Community 145
  • Chapter 7 - From Holocaust to Solidarity 203
  • Epilogue - The Coming of Constantinian and Evangelical Judaism 227
  • Notes 235
  • Index 253
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