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O, Jerusalem!: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant

Author: 
Marc H. Ellis (Author)
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Description

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 its development into a powerful military state. Ellis argues that the history and identity of the Jewish people are now being decisively transformed and reinterpreted. What is their destiny in the next century?

Ellis asks, "Are there religious ideals, intellectual concepts, and political movements . . . that will help Jews confront the history we are creating . . . ?" In this profound and provocative work, he finds the answers in the covenant, symbolized by Jerusalem. Ellis offers a renewed theology of the covenant and its justice dimensions, its present "exile," and its future in revolutionary forgiveness.
ISBN: 
9780800631598
Price: 
$21.00
Release date: 
May 24, 1999
Pages: 
208
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

Endorsements

"Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing. . . ."
--Noam Chomsky

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue

Chapter 1 -- Visions of the Diaspora and Homeland
Perspectives on the Jewish Return
Ambivalent Legacy, Uncertain Future
The Present Challenge

Chapter 2 -- On Memory and Justice
The Jewish Liturgy of Destruction
Remembering Deir Yassin
The Path Chosen

Chapter 3 -- Jerusalem and the Broken Middle
Paths of Resistance and Affirmation
A Covenant in Exile
Jerusalem and the Broken Middle

Chapter 4 -- The Covenant on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century
Boundaries and the Covenant
Tikkun of Ordinary Decency
A Thick Wall of Scandal

Chapter 5 -- The Great Debate over Jewish Identity and Culture
Israel's Fragmentary Tikkun
The Seventh Jewish Culture
A Fatal Embrace
Monumental Anxieties
Jewish Culture and the State

Chapter 6 -- Toward a New Sinai
The Time Is Now
Revolutionary Forgiveness
Envisioning the Centenary of Israel's Birth
Toward an Inclusive Palestine Culture
Finding the Lost Agenda

Epilogue
Refusing Partial Practice
The Grounding of Our Fidelity