Political Theologies in the Holy Land

Political Theologies in the Holy Land Author David Ohana
ISBN-10 9781135211349
Release 2009-10-16
Pages 208
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This book examines the role of messianism in Zionist ideology, from the birth of the Zionist movement through to the present. Is shows how messianism is not just a religious or philosophical term but a very tangible political practice and theology which has shaped Israeli identity. The author explores key issues such as: the current presence of messianism in the Israeli public sphere and the debates with jewish settlers in the occupied territories after the 1967 war the difference between transcendental messianism and promethean messianism the disparity between the political ideology and political practice in the history of Israel the evolution of the messianic idea in the actions of David Ben-Gurion the debate between Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Isaiah Leibowitz, J. L. Talmon and other intellectual figures with Ben-Gurion the implications of political theology and the presence of messianic ideas in Israeli politics As the first book to examine the messianism in Israeli debate since the creation of the Israeli state, it will be particularly relevant for students and scholars of Political Science, modern intellectual history, Israel studies, Judaism and messianism.

Lutheran Identity and Political Theology

Lutheran Identity and Political Theology Author Carl-Henric Grenholm
ISBN-10 9781630877361
Release 2014-11-04
Pages 254
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Lutheran tradition has in various ways influenced attitudes to work, the economy, the state, education, and health care. One reason that Lutheran theology has been interpreted in various ways is that it is always influenced by surrounding social and cultural contexts. In a society where the church has lost a great deal of its cultural impact and authority, and where there is a plurality of religious convictions, the question of Lutheran identity has never been more urgent. However, this question is also raised in the Global South where Lutheran churches need to find their identity in a relationship with several other religions. Here this relationship is developed from a minority perspective. Is it possible to develop a Lutheran political theology that gives adequate contributions to issues concerning social and economic justice? What is the role of women in church and society around the world? Is it possible to interpret Lutheran theology in such a way that it includes liberating perspectives? These are some of the questions and issues discussed in this book.

The Church Made Strange for the Nations

The Church Made Strange for the Nations Author Paul G. Doerksen
ISBN-10 9781630877224
Release 2011-09-22
Pages 204
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Christians have sometimes professed that the church ought to be "in the world but not of it," yet the meaning and significance of this conviction has continued to challenge and confound. In the context of persecution, Christians in the ancient world tended to distance themselves from the social and civic mainstream, while in the medieval and early modern periods, the church and secular authorities often worked in close relationship, sharing the role of shaping society. In a post-Christendom era, this latter arrangement has been heavily critiqued and largely dismantled, but there is no consensus in Christian thought as to what the alternative should be. The present collection of essays offers new perspectives on this subject matter, drawing on sometimes widely disparate interlocutors, ancient and modern, biblical and "secular." Readers will find these essays challenging and thought-provoking.

Christianity and Jerusalem

Christianity and Jerusalem Author Anthony O'Mahony
ISBN-10 0852446462
Release 2010-02
Pages 340
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CHRISTIANITY IN THE HOLY LAND has found its presence significantly challenged for much of the twentieth century and the whole of the first decade of the twenty-first, from war, interreligious and ethnic conflict, emigration, and a fragmented ecclesiology. As a sacred city Jerusalem has a global significance: for Muslims the Haram-al-Sharif is a symbol of victory; for Jews the Wailing Wall a symbol of loss; and for Christians the Holy Sepulchre a symbol of victory through loss. Theology and politics have interacted in this sacred story. Political theologies remain at least implicit in the histories of all major faith communities: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. For Christianity the Holy Land is not only of local significance, but is of importance to the identity of the two-and-a-half-billion-strong world community of churches which make up Christendom. The contributors to this volume have undertaken a wide-ranging historical, political and theological enquiry into the Christian presence in modern Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The chapters have an ecumenical, even interreligious, instinct and focus. The political landscape is ever changing and, while severely threatening the Christian presence in the Holy Land, continuously challenges and demands a Christian response. The primary responsibility for articulating this Christian response to the political and religious questions has in practice lain with the Christians of the Holy Land, however it cannot be solely their burden. This book bears witness to an ongoing theological reflection whilst its immediate concern in the contemporary significance of Jerusalem has a much wider significance. While bearing witness to an ongoing theological reflection, this book's immediate concern with the contemporary significance of Jerusalem has a much wider resonance. It covers a host of themes - Christianity in modern Jerusalem; contemporary Jewish-Israeli views on Christianity and Christians; Hebrew Catholicism in modern Israel; the Vatican, Israel, Palestinian Christians and Jerusalem; the Intifada and Palestinian Christian identity; Palestinian Christians and liberation theology; the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - Church-State politics in the Holy Land; indigenisation and contextualisation - the example of the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches in the Holy Land; Jewish fundamentalism; Jewish-Muslim encounter; Jerusalem, the Holy City; a possible way to share Jerusalem in peace; and reflections on the future of Christianity in the Holy Land itself, from a Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Contributors include: Anthony O'Mahony, David Mark Neuhaus SJ, Leon Menzies Racionzer, Drew Christiansen SJ, Leonard Marsh, Sotiris Roussos, Michael Marten, Nur Masalha, Rob Johnson, Charles H Miller, Bard Maeland, David Kitching, Archbishop Michel Sabbah

The Origins of Israeli Mythology

The Origins of Israeli Mythology Author David Ohana
ISBN-10 9781139505208
Release 2012-01-23
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It is claimed that Zionism as a meta-narrative has been formed through contradiction to two alternative models, the Canaanite and crusader narratives. These narratives are the most daring and heretical assaults on Israeli-Jewish identity. The Israelis, according to the Canaanite narrative, are from this place and belong only here; according to the crusader narrative, they are from another place and belong there. The mythological construction of Zionism as a modern crusade describes Israel as a Western colonial enterprise planted in the heart of the East and alien to the area, its logic and its peoples. The nativist construction of Israel as neo-Canaanism demands breaking away from the chain of historical continuity. These are the greatest anxieties that Zionism and Israel needed to encounter and answer forcefully. The Origins of Israeli Mythology seeks to examine the intellectual archaeology of Israeli mythology, as it reveals itself through the Canaanite and crusader narratives.

Holy War in Judaism

Holy War in Judaism Author Reuven Firestone
ISBN-10 9780199977154
Release 2012-07-02
Pages 384
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Holy war, sanctioned or even commanded by God, is a common and recurring theme in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbinic Judaism, however, largely avoided discussion of holy war in the Talmud and related literatures for the simple reason that it became dangerous and self-destructive. Reuven Firestone's Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ''holy war'' disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times. The revival of the holy war idea occurred with the rise of Zionism. As the necessity of organized Jewish engagement in military actions developed, Orthodox Jews faced a dilemma. There was great need for all to engage in combat for the survival of the infant state of Israel, but the Talmudic rabbis had virtually eliminated divine authorization for Jews to fight in Jewish armies. Once the notion of divinely sanctioned warring was revived, it became available to Jews who considered that the historical context justified more aggressive forms of warring. Among some Jews, divinely authorized war became associated not only with defense but also with a renewed kibbush or conquest, a term that became central to the discourse regarding war and peace and the lands conquered by the state of Israel in 1967. By the early 1980's, the rhetoric of holy war had entered the general political discourse of modern Israel. In Holy War in Judaism, Firestone identifies, analyzes, and explains the historical, conceptual, and intellectual processes that revived holy war ideas in modern Judaism.

Jesus and the Land

Jesus and the Land Author Gary Burge
ISBN-10 9780281065387
Release 2011-09-22
Pages 176
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Jesus and the Land will help Christians to form a biblical view about modern-day claims to the land in Israel-Palestine. Examining what the New Testament says about the idea of land being 'holy', this guide is accessible and non-technical.

The Christian Communities of Jerusalem and the Holy Land

The Christian Communities of Jerusalem and the Holy Land Author Anthony O'Mahony
ISBN-10 UOM:39015056904363
Release 2003
Pages 210
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"This essay collection provides a comprehensive historical, religious, and political survey of the Christian communities of modern Jerusalem. Topics range from church-state relations to women missionaries and various expressions of Eastern and Western Christian presence. Taken as a whole, the essays offer a fascinating overview of Christianity in the Holy Land at the beginning of a new century."

Nationhood Providence and Witness

Nationhood  Providence  and Witness Author Carys Moseley
ISBN-10 9781621896760
Release 2013-05-10
Pages 302
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This book argues that problems with recognizing the State of Israel lie at the heart of approaches to nationhood and unease over nationalism in modern Protestant theology, as well as modern social theory. Three interrelated themes are explored. The first is the connection between a theologian's attitude to recognizing Israel and their approach to the providential place of nations in the divine economy. Following from this, the argument is made that theologians' handling of both modern and ancient Israel is mirrored profoundly in the question of recognition and ethical treatment of the nations to which they belong, along with neighboring nations. The third theme is how social theory, represented by certain key figures, has handled the same issues. Four major theologians are discussed: Reinhold Niebuhr, Rowan Williams, John Milbank, and Karl Barth. Alongside them are placed social theorists and scholars of religion and nationalism, including Mark Juergensmeyer, Philip Jenkins, Anthony Smith, and Adrian Hastings. In the process, debates over the relationship between theology and social theory are reconfigured in concrete terms around the challenge of recognition of the State of Israel as well as stateless nations.

Modernism and Zionism

Modernism and Zionism Author David Ohana
ISBN-10 9780230290129
Release 2012-10-10
Pages 199
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Part of Palgrave's Modernism and... series, Modernism and Zionism explores the relationship between modernism and the Jewish national ideology, the Zionist movement, which was operative in all areas of Jewish art and culture.

Identity Studies Vol 3

Identity Studies  Vol 3 Author Elena Glushko
Release 2011-12-19
Pages 128
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Identity Studies is a scholarly journal founded in 2009. Its aim is to advance interdisciplinary knowledge about the formation and disintegration of political, cultural and societal identities in contemporary world society, particularly in the Caucasus and Black Sea region. Major disciplines represented in the journal are sociology, political science, cultural studies, philosophy and psychology. The journal is being published by the Institute for Modernity Studies, Ilia State University, Georgia. The 3rd issue of the journal, published in 2011, consists of articles by Elena Glushko, Andrew McGrath, Sergo Ratiani, Gigi Tevzadze, Kakhaber Kurtanidze, Zaal Andronikashvili and Giga Zedania, dedicated to the question of political theology, its history and its revival today.

Jesus and the Land

Jesus and the Land Author Gary Burge
ISBN-10 9780281065387
Release 2011-09-22
Pages 176
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Jesus and the Land will help Christians to form a biblical view about modern-day claims to the land in Israel-Palestine. Examining what the New Testament says about the idea of land being 'holy', this guide is accessible and non-technical.

Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel

Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel Author Samuel J. Kuruvilla
ISBN-10 9781848855519
Release 2013-04-15
Pages 320
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Christianity arose from the lands of biblical Palestine and, regardless of its twentieth century association with the Arab-Israeli conflict, to Christians around the world, it remains first and foremost the birthplace of Christianity. Nevertheless, the size of the Christian population among Palestinians today living in Israel and the Palestinian territories is now relatively insignificant. Here, Samuel J. Kuruvilla argues that Christian Palestinians often employ politically astute as well as theologically radical means in their efforts to appear relevant as a minority community within Israeli and Palestinian societies. He charts the development of a theology of Christian liberation, particularly in the work of Palestinian Anglican cleric Naim Stifan Ateek and Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Mitri Raheb, among others, as part of the Palestinian people's struggle for independence. In doing so, Kuruvilla provides a new perspective of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role of Christians within it.

Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land

Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land Author Donald E. Wagner
ISBN-10 9780718893651
Release 2014-09-30
Pages 274
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This important collection of essays is situated amid the most vexatious, dangerous geo-political crisis in the world.

The Shaping of Israeli Identity

The Shaping of Israeli Identity Author Robert Wistrich
ISBN-10 9781135205942
Release 2014-03-05
Pages 256
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A dozen essays document the evolution of national myths in Israel as the heroic figures and events of independence and survival transmute into blind fanaticism, great-power manipulation, and traditional colonialism and genocide. Without passing any judgement on the changes, they delve into the meani

Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies

Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105131527678
Release 2004
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Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies book for free.

From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology

From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology Author Rudolf J. Siebert
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105016996766
Release 1994
Pages 484
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At present, in European and American civil society a new paradigm of doing not only psychology, sociology and philosophy, but also comparative religiology and theology is emerging: it is called communicative rationality and action. A new communicative theology and religiology are also arising. Their central theme is the theodicy problem. The present study approaches this theme in the framework of a critical political theology and comparative religiology in a narrative and discursive fashion. In search for a solution to the theodicy problem, we explore with the help of the critical theory from Max Horkheimer through Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno to Jurgen Habermas, and with the assistance of the new political theology from Johann B. Metz through Helmut Peukert to Edmund Arens, the psychological, sociological, philosophical and theological constellation of universal freedom, reconciliation, and non-possessive love and solidarity out of personal autonomy and sovereignty."