The God of Israel and Christian Theology
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The God of Israel and Christian Theology   -     By: R. Kendall Soulen

The God of Israel and Christian Theology

Fortress Press / 1996 / Paperback

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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.

"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

R. Kendall Soulen is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

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Title: The God of Israel and Christian Theology
By: R. Kendall Soulen
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0800628837
ISBN-13: 9780800628833
Stock No: WW8837

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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 assertionsthe uniqueness of Jesus, the Christian covenant, the finality of salvation in Christhave 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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R. Kendall Soulen is professor of systematic theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has devoted much of his scholarship to showing that Christian faith becomes more authentically Christian as it overcomes its stubborn legacy of anti-Judaism. His books include The God of Israel and Christian Theology (1996) and The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity (2011). Soulen is the chair for theological studies in the Laney Graduate Division of Religion and president of the Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology. He served as the president of the American Theological Society in 2017.

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