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Encountering the Jewish Future: With Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, and Levinas
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Encountering the Jewish Future: With Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, and Levinas


Fortress Press 2011

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Marc Ellis maintains that the most vital questions about Judaism are prefigured in the work of Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas. Encountering the Jewish Future is framed by encounters with each thinker’s work. It focuses on topics of God, the Holocaust, the prophetic legacy, philosophical and ethical standpoints, and Jewish empowerment and dissent.

Two generations after the Holocaust and Israel’s founding, Ellis argues that the uncertain future of Judaism requires a deeply personal and intellectual exploration of Jewish tradition and identity, in conversation with the best philosophical and theological minds of recent years.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes the works of modern Jewish thinkers
  • Explores Jewish tradition and identity
  • Examines Judaism’s past, present, and future


  • Encountering the Holocaust: Elie Wiesel
    • In First Hearing the Holocaust Named
    • Writing the Other Kingdom
    • The Question of God—After
    • The Additional Covenant
    • Holocaust Martyrdom and the 1967 War
    • Trivializing the Holocaust
  • Encountering the Bible: Martin Buber
    • Teaching as a Prophetic Encounter
    • The Prophetic Community
    • History as a Mysterious Approach to Closeness
    • Isaiah’s Arrow in the Quiver
    • Buber’s Intriguing Bible
  • Encountering Modernity After: Abraham Joshua Heschel
    • Bridging the Interfaith Divide
    • A Disturbing Nostalgia?
    • God of the Prophets
    • Rendezvous with Destiny
    • Praying with My Feet
  • Encountering the Hidden Tradition of Jewish Dissent: Hannah Arendt
    • Judging Eichmann
    • The Hidden Tradition
    • On Forgiveness and New Beginnings
    • Toward an Interdependent Empowerment
  • Encountering the Jewish Prophetic: Emmanuel Levinas
    • The Passion of Passions
    • Ethics as the Optic of the Divine
    • Expiating Blasphemy in Advance
    • Asceticism and the Prophetic
    • Levinas’ Ambivalence
  • Epilogue: Encountering the Jewish Future
    • Someone Has Deceived You, My Dear Son
    • Aaron Crossing the Empire Divide
    • Being Jewish in a Globalized World

Praise for the Print Edition

An exquisite journey into modern Jewish thinking in all its complexity, pain, and beauty. Marc Ellis provides a rich and compelling examination of where we have been, where we are now, and where we must go, told with intellectual rigor and profound sensitivity.

—Sara Roy, senior research scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Marc Ellis is a bold adventurer who persistently explores the cutting edges of Jewish commitment and here puts himself in conversation with challenging thoughts about innocence and experience, imperialism and conscience, redemption and oppression. No contemporary Jewish commitment can afford to overlook the prophetic stance Ellis enunciates.

—Gregory Kaplan, Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Rice University

Encountering the Jewish Future will rapidly become a landmark of twenty-first-century prophetic writings. Marc Ellis subversively unfolds the liberationist character of Jewish thought and courageously puts the revolutionary tradition in the service of the wretched of earth. This book is a must read for all cross–borders of conscience committed to global justice.

—Santiago Slabodsky, assistant professor of ethics of globalization, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University

Product Details

  • Title: Encountering the Jewish Future: With Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, and Levinas
  • Author: Marc H. Ellis
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 288

About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is the university professor of Jewish studies, professor of history, and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. Among his publications are Practicing Exile, O, Jerusalem!, and Reading the Torah Out Loud.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition