The Protestant-Jewish Conundrum: Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume 24

ISBN : 9780199742646

Jonathan Frankel
312 Pages
165 x 244 mm
Pub date
Oct 2010
Studies in Contemporary Jewry
Send mail

Volume XXIV of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the question of relations between Jews and Protestants in modern times. One of the four major branches of Christianity, Protestantism is perhaps the most difficult to write about; it has innumerable sects and churches within it, from the loosely organized Religious Society of Friends to the conservative Evangelicals of the Bible Belt. Different strands of Protestantism hold vastly different views on theology, social problems, and politics. These views play out in differing attitudes and relationships between mainstream Protestant churches and Jews, Judaism, and the State of Israel. In this volume, established scholars from multiple disciplines and various countries delve into these essential questions of the "Protestant-Jewish conundrum." The discussion begins with a trenchant analysis of the historical framework in which Protestant ideas towards Jews and Judaism were formed. Contributors delve into diverse topics including the attitudes of the Evangelical movement toward Jews and Israel; Protestant reactions to Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ." ; German-Protestant behavior during and after Nazi era; and mainstream Protestant attitudes towards Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict. Taken as a whole, this compendium presents discussions and questions central to the ongoing development of Jewish-Protestant relations. Studies in Contemporary Jewry seeks to provide its readers with up-to-date and accessible scholarship on questions of interest in the general field of modern Jewish studies. Studies in Contemporary Jewry presents new approaches to the scholarly work of the latest generation of researchers working on Jewish history, sociology, demography, political science, and culture.


Symposium: The Protestant-Jewish Conundrum
Introduction: Volume 24, Jonathan Frankel, and the Future of Studies in Contemporary Jewry - Ezra Mendelsohn (The Hebrew University)
The One and the Many: Unity and Diversity in Protestant Attitudes toward the Jews - Yaakov Ariel (University of North Carolina)
Confronting the Past: Post-1945 German Protestant Theology and the Fate of the Jews - Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)
The Passion of the Christ and Its Ramifications with Reference to the Protestant Churches and Christian-Jewish Relations - Peter A. Pettit (Muhlenberg College)
The Attitude of the World Council of Churches (WCC) toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Haim Genizi (Bar-Ilan University)
The Presbyterian-Jewish Impasse - Christopher M. Leighton (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Baltimore)
The Protestant Problem(s) of American Jewry - Mark Silk (Trinity College)
American Evangelicals and Israel: A Complicated Alliance - Timothy P. Weber (Fuller Theological Seminary)
A "Universal Temple"? Jewish-Christian Collaboration in Plans to Reestablish the Holy Temple in Jerusalem - Motti Inbari (University of North Carolina at Pembroke)
Essay: Between Socialism and Jewish Tradition: Bundist Holiday Culture in Interwar Poland - Daniel Mahla (Columbia University)
Review Essays
The Second Edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica: "Snapshot" or "Lasting Monument"? - Roger Kohn (Library of Congress)
Is There a "Jewish" Morality? Amalek as a Touchstone - Dan Avnon (Hebrew University)

About the author: 

The Studies in Contemporary Jewry series is edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding, and Ezra Mendelsohn, who teach Jewish history, society, and politics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.