Elie Wiesel

A Challenge to Theology

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About the Book

“Something happened a generation ago, to the world, to man. Something happened to God. Certainly something happened to the relations between man and God, man and man, man and himself”—Elie Wiesel. The literary voice of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and eloquent witness, has been heard in the world and its importance was verified in 1986 by the Nobel Peace Prize.
This work will help the reader understand the evolution of Wiesel’s writing. Many fascinating topics are covered—Jesus as a “wandering Jew,” the prototype of Christian pilgrimage, various theological responses to the Holocaust (e.g., Rabbinic, radical, Mad Midrashic), and the ambiguity of a listening God.

About the Author(s)

Graham B. Walker, Jr., teaches at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. He lives in Lilburn, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Graham B. Walker, Jr.
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1988]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7393-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      ix

Introduction      1

1. The Grammer of Silence      13
The Silence of God      14
The Voice from Silence      21
The Syntax of Pain      28

2. God is a Questioning of God      35
The Diviner of Silence      39
The Oath: A Dilemma of Word and Silence      50
The Fifth Son: What’s in a Name?      56
The Voice of the Dead      61
Reuniting Names      63
A Listening God Is a Remembering God      66

3. Face to Face      67
Christ and Faust      68
A New Archetype      69
A Listening God      80

4. The Christian Theological Dilemma      83
Paul van Buren: The Jewish-Christian Reality      84
Jurgen Moltmann: The Passion of God      94

5. Jesus as a Wanderer      109

6. The Twilight of History      117

Notes      153
Bibiliography      169
Index      179

Book Reviews & Awards

“many fascinating topics are covered”—Jewish Combatants of WWII; “this work will help the reader understand the evolution of Wiesel’s writing”—Shofar.