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The Crucifixion of the Jews: The Failure of Christians to Understand the Jewish Experience

By author: Frank H. Littell
Product Code: P031
ISBN: 9780865542273
Product Format: Paperback
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“Prophetic in the sense that it warns of the consequences of the failure to acknowledge, repent of, and make restitution for sin, Littell’s book confronts Christendom with its massive betrayal of the Jewish people when the Holocaust came upon them and of its continuing unwillingness to admit betrayal. The multifarious anti-Semitism that led both to the Holocaust and to the churches’ response to it is traced to an ancient but persistent error in Christian thought: the flight from history—the tendency to speculate, ‘spiritualize,’ and systematize rather than to remember, recapitulate, reenact, and receive grace and truth from a real tradition of historical events….The healing and restorative potentialities of this book make it deserving of the widest possible circulation.” --Library Journal “It is rare to read a book by a Christian who believe in God. Franklin Littell not onle believes in God, he believes in the real, historic people called the Jews. And he believes that both live…For Littell, the Holocaust has become the central, critical issue of Christianity; and this precisely because it gave theological assent to the Holocaust…It is a book not easy to put down; and, once having put down, not easy to pick up again. But when a man of deep Christian faith and impeccable credentials as a scholar and pastor asks whether Christianity is not obsolete, one listens.” --Commonweal “[This is] perhaps the most impassioned plea to date that the Christian community begin to wrestle with its centuries-long tradition of anti-Semitism and the theological and moral challenges posed by the Holocaust and the restoration of Israel…[This is the sharpest] example of a growing concern on the part of some Christian thinkers, Catholic and Protestant, to underscore the relationship between theological anti-Semitism, as it developed within the church, and the emergence of its secular and racial counterpart in modern European thought.” --Journal of Religion
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