This century has bequeathed to the Jewish people a series of events "with horrific and startling consequences," including the Holocaust, the birth of the state of Israel, and now a powerful military state capable of defense against perceived external and internal threats. In this new context, the history and identity of the Jewish people are being decisively transformed and reinterpreted. What is their destiny?
Ellis sees a "struggle for the heart and soul of the Jewish people," which he locates in the covenant, symbolised by Jerusalem. Raising profound questions for both Jews and Christians, his book offers a renewed theology of the covenant and urges authentic embrace of its justice dimensions, its present "exile," and its future in revolutionary forgiveness.
"In his latest book Marc Ellis asks the defining question for Jewish life today: 'Can injustice, represented by Jewish domination of Jerusalem, be at the heart of the covenant?' Ellis's answer is that the covenant of with God has been shattered by the creation of a state at the expense of Palestinian life in the land. It can only be renewed by a new ethic and practice of justice that reconcile these two people, who have become irrevocably linked together in the land, either for good or for ill."
"Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all us of."
- Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Marc Ellis is a brillian writer, a deeply thoughtful and courageous mind, an intellectual who has broken the death-hold of mindless tradition and unreflective cliche to produce a superb account of post-Holocaust understanding, with particular reference to the Palestinian people and the moral obligation of Israelis and diaspora Jews. He is a man to be listened to with respect and admiration..."