Jesus and the Holocaust: Reflections on Suffering and Hope

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Doubleday, 1997 - Religion - 144 pages
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Good Friday, April 14, 1995, may unexpectedly go down in history as the day when the world found a spiritual salve for its war-torn wounds. As Christians solemnly remembered the Crucifixion of Jesus, as Jews reenacted the Passover, and as the world observed the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, something special transpired at St. Mary's Cathedral, in Glasgow. In the seven homilies he delivered there, author Joel Marcus humbly offered his reflections on the hope of healing the world's aching heart--especially the pain of the Holocaust.


Collected in "Jesus and the Holocaust" are Dr. Marcus's meditations on the sufferings and death of Jesus, examined under the dark shadow of the Holocaust two thousand years later. Reflecting on Bible passages in light of stories and poems of the Holocaust, the author comes to realize what Jesus has to do with the Holocaust. Through difficult personal reflection, Marcus--a Jew by birth, Christian by choice--discovered that in the shared suffering of Christians and Jews, a common bond exists for healing the hurt all have experienced through the death of Christ and the horror of the Holocaust. By recognizing this bond and empathizing with one another, the cycle of blame and violence can be stopped.


This short series of meditations is ideal for reflections throughout Lent and will be a signal to the world that hope springs from suffering. Both Jews and Christians will find encouragement in these soul-searching homilies.

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About the author (1997)

Marcus is a lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Glasgow, having previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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