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Jews and the Christian Imagination : Reluctant Witnesses - Stephen R. Haynes

Jews and the Christian Imagination

Reluctant Witnesses

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Jews and the Christian Imagination: Reluctant Witnesses is an interdisciplinary analysis of the ancient Christian myth that casts Jews as a 'witness-people', and this myths's presence in contemporary religious discourse. The book treats a range of diverse products of the Christian imagination, including systematic theology, works of fiction, and popular writings on biblical prophecy. Key chapters treat Karl Barth and the German Church struggle, the work of American novelist and philosopher Walker Percy, the writings of Christian Holocaust theologians, and the views of fundamentalist Christians influenced by the eschatological tradition known as dispensational premillennialism. The book demonstrates that the witness-people myth, which was first articulated by Augustine and which determined official attitudes toward Jews in medieval Christendom, remains a powerful element in the Christian imagination, even in the post-Holocaust era.

General Editor's Preface
Introductionp. 1
The Witness-People Myth and Its Alternativesp. 12
The Witness-People Myth in Historyp. 25
Karl Barth, the German Church Struggle and the Witness-People Mythp. 64
Walker Percy and the Witness-People: Signposts in A Strange Landp. 90
Christian Holocaust Theology and the Witness-People Myth: The Jews' Fate as Sign, The Holocaust as Revelation, Israel as Messagep. 120
Dispensational Premillennialism: The Jew as Key to the Kingdomp. 141
Conclusionsp. 171
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780333586501
ISBN-10: 0333586506
Series: Studies in Literature and Religion
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22nd March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1