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Mordecai Would Not Bow Down

Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Christian Supersessionism

Timothy P. Jackson

Mordecai Would Not Bow Down

Mordecai Would Not Bow Down

Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Christian Supersessionism

Mordecai Would Not Bow Down

 

In Mordecai Would Not Bow Down, Timothy P. Jackson argues that the central reasons for the Holocaust were ideological: Nazism's belief in survival of the fittest directly conflicted with Judaic moral monotheism, and this conflict drove the compulsion to annihilate the Jewish people.


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Beschrijving Mordecai Would Not Bow Down

“Never again!” In the years following the Holocaust, the phrase came to signify a general determination never again to permit systemic anti-Semitism and genocidal violence. Yet anti-Semitism endures, and its underlying causes persist. The resilience of anti-Semitism casts the Holocaust not as inexplicable or singular, but as an event shaped by identifiable—and universal—human prejudices.

Despite the intense attention focused on the Holocaust, we consistently misrepresent it. By describing it as a purely irrational phenomenon, we risk minimizing the threat that anti-Semitism continues to pose. Instead, we must identify and acknowledge its causes, which are not only political, economic, and pseudoscientific but ideological as well. Taking its title from the Book of Esther, Mordecai Would Not Bow Down investigates these ideological causes. Timothy P. Jackson argues that
the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were persecuted for their belief in one God who is the sole Creator of a moral order centered in selflessness and love. Judaic teachings about the importance of caring for the weak and vulnerable overtly contradicted the Nazis' “natural” lust for power and enjoyment of
cruelty, which further fueled their anti-Semitism.

By analyzing the ideological clash between Nazism and Judaism, Jackson reveals the ways in which Christianity was complicit in the Holocaust-specifically, the role of Christian supersessionism: the belief that the New Covenant supplants or erases the Old Covenant, making Christians and not Jews God's elect. Supersessionism has historically enabled Christian anti-Semitic violence. Yet Judaism and Christianity are ultimately complementary in their shared origins and analogous aims: the Law that
saves the Jews and the Gospel that saves the Gentiles are of a piece. God's choosing the Jewish people to embody collectively a message of fellowship and moral responsibility is parallel to God's calling on Jesus to save humanity individually. Moreover, both divine vocations often engender demonic
resentment. Recognizing that Auschwitz and Calvary are but two sites of the same murderous despair is an important step toward eliminating the pervasive menace of anti-Semitism.


ISBN
9780197538050
Pagina's
248
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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