A Jewish Theology of Liberation

A review of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, 3rd expanded edition, by Marc H. Ellis.  Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2004.  First Published in the Journal of Palestine Studies (2005).

At the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney stated, “The story of the camps reminds us that evil is real and it must be called by its name and it must be confronted.” Palestinians who experience the contemporary evils of home demolitions, apartheid wall, and “collateral damage” from extrajudicial assassinations may wonder when the U.S. government will confront these evils as it retrospectively “confronts” those of Nazi Germany.

It is this juxtaposition—formal, solemn remembrance of the Holocaust in Europe now presided over by influential government leaders, and the ongoing atrocities and injustices in Palestine—that Marc Ellis has spent two decades trying to fathom.  Here, in the third edition of his Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, Ellis presents an updated and concise record of this journey in understanding.  Read the rest of this entry »