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The God of Israel and Christian Theology

Author: 
R. Kendall Soulen (Author)
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Description

With acknowledgment that Christian theology contributed to the persecution and genocide of Jews comes a dilemma: how to excise the cancer without killing the patient? Kendall Soulen shows how important Christian assertions—the uniqueness of Jesus, the Christian covenant, the finality of salvation in Christ—have been formulated in destructive, supersessionist ways not only in the classical period (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus) and early modernity (Kant and Schleiermacher) but even contemporary theology (Barth and Rahner). Along with this first full-scale critique of Christian supersessionism, Soulen's own constructive proposal regraps the narrative unity of Christian identity and the canon through an original and important insight into the divine-human covenant, the election of Israel, and the meaning of history.
ISBN: 
9780800628833
Price: 
$25.00
Release date: 
June 11, 1996
Pages: 
208
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

Endorsements

"This is the most promising proposal to date for overcoming Christian doctrinal supersessionism while maintaining the continuing theological importance of Judaism for Christianity and not sacrificing the christological claims historically considered essential to Christian identity."
— George Lindbeck, Yale Divinity School

"A penetrating proposal for a Christianity that does more than pay lip service to its loyalty to the God of Israel...Soulen shapes a Christian theology not embarrassed by the Hebrew Bible and the continuing existence of the Jewish people. It is a major contribution toward a Christianity without anti-Judaism."
— Michael Wyschogrod, author of The Body of Faith

Table of Contents

    Preface

  1. The God of Israel after Christendom
  2. Supersessionism as a problem for systematic theology
    Supersessionism and dialogue
    Supersessionism and the church's standard canonical narrative
    Supersessionism and the flight from history
    A road map

    PART ONE: THE LOGIC AND LIMITATIONS OF THE STANDARD CANONICAL NARRATIVE

  3. A Flaw in the Heart of the Crystal: Justin and Irenaeus
  4. The standard canonical narrative
    Problematic aspects
    The origins of the standard canonical narrative
    Justin Martyr: a framework for the Scriptures of Israel
    The legacy of the standard model


  5. Christian Divinity without Jewish Flesh: Kant and Schleiermacher
  6. Immanuel Kant's Religion
    Friedrich Schleiermacher's The Christian Faith
    Disembodied God

  7. Consummation at the End of Christendom: Barth and Rahner
  8. Barth and Rahner on Schleiermacher
    Barth on consummation
    Rahner on consummation
    Covenant history at an impasse

    PART TWO: THE UNITY OF THE CANON AFTER CHRISTENDOM

  9. The Blessing of an Other: A Proposal

  10. The Scriptures: The Economy of Consummation
  11. Blessing and creation
    Blessing and covenant
    Blessing and eschatology
    Systematic reflections

  12. The Scriptures: Curse and Redemption
  13. Curse and the economy of consummation
    Redemption and the economy of consummation
    Systematic reflections

  14. The Apostolic Witness: God's Reign and the Name of Jesus Christ
  15. The gospel
    The shape of discipleship
    The church amid Jews and Gentiles
    Final consummation

    Notes
    Index