Confessing Christ in a Post-Holocaust World

A Midrashic Experiment

by Henry F. Knight


Proposes a new model of Christian faithfulness in a post-Holocaust world.

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March 2000


Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/General
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The questions posed by the Holocaust force faithful Christians to reexamine their own identities and loyalties in fundamental ways and to recognize the necessity of excising the Church's historic anti-Jewish rhetoric from its confessional core. This volume proposes a new framework of meaning for Christians who want to remain both faithful and critical about a world capable of supporting such evil. The author has rooted his critical perspective in the midrashic framework of Jewish hermeneutics, which requires Christians to come to terms with the significant other in their confessional lives. By bringing biblical texts and the history of the Holocaust face to face, this volume aims at helping Jews and Christians understand their own traditions and one another's.

Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionFacing the Night--Wrestling with the Text: Meeting Jacob at the Jabbok and Jesus in GethsemaneLooking Back at Sodom with Abraham and Jesus: The Search for Hospitality and Justice in the Face of DestructionThe Transfigured Face of Post-Shoah Faith: Critical Encounters with Root ExperiencesFrom the Bush to the Vineyard (and Back): A Post- Shoah Return to Holy GroundCan These Bones Live? From the Valley of Dry Bones to an Opened Tomb and BeyondLooking Back over the Journey: Theological Implications for Post-Shoah FaithfulnessThe Return to PaRDeS: A Concluding MidrashBibliographyIndex



It is the genius of Henry Knight's discussion that he not only addresses the critical post-shoah questions for believing Christians: he expounds a method of approach that keeps the dialogue open.—Franklin H. Littell^LDistinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies^LRichard Stockton College of New Jersey

What a marvelous book! Here is a Christian Midrash, full of humane scholarship, driven by Christian and Jewish learning, sustained throughout by profound dialogue. Knight has dared to apply the Holocaust rigorously as a reorienting event for theology. He boldly reorients Christian thinking, reimagines Jesus' role and God's, while remaining deeply faithful to the distinctive power of the Christian and the Jewish traditions. Amazingly, in doing all this, he has harnessed the searing fire of the Shoah, turning it into a sun of righteousness, bringing healing.—Rabbi Irving Greenberg^LPresident^LJewish Life Network

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