Augsburg Fortress

The God of Israel and Christian Theology

The God of Israel and Christian Theology

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.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800628833
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 208
  • Publication Date June 11, 1996


"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