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States of Exile

Visions of Diaspora, Witness, and Return
States of Exile

Series: Polyglossia: Reformation Theologies
Author: Alain Epp Weaver
Product Code: 9422
ISBN: 9780836194227
Pages: 250
Binding Information: Paper

Publication Date: 3/17/2008
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Alain Epp Weaver offers a political theology of exile which understands diaspora and return not as irreducible opposites but as together integral dimensions of the church’s witness for the shalom of the city. Through critical conversations with John Howard Yoder, Edward Said, Karl Barth, Daniel Boyarin, and the Palestinian refugee experience, Epp Weaver explores how the church as a community in exile must learn to be theologically “not in charge.” The church cultivates a receptiveness to the inbreaking of God’s Spirit from beyond its walls.

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  • Foreword by Daniel Boyarin ... 9
  • Acknowledgments ... 11
  • Introduction ... 15

Diaspora

  1. On Not Being in Charge: John Howard Yoder's Revision of the Jewish-Christian Schism ... 25
  2. An Exilic Politics of Land and Return: The Case of Edward Said ... 41
  3. Zionism, Separation, and Diaspora Consciousness in the Land ... 55

Witness

  1. Mssionary Christology as Subversive Proclamation: Creedal Orthodoxy and Diaspora Witness ... 67
  2. The Body Politics of the Church in Exile ... 81
  3. Parables of the Kingdom: Encountering Jesus Outside the Walls of the Church ... 97

Return

  1. The End(s) of Return: Memory Against Forgetting ... 113
  2. The Ephesian Vision Against the Iron Wall ... 121
  3. Thinking about Terrorism: The Case of Palestine-Israel ... 129
  4. Remembering the Nakba in Hebrew: Return Visits as the Performance of a Binational Future ... 143

Epilogue: Breaches in the Walls ... 159


"In this important work, Alain Epp Weaver asks whether exile and return must be in binary opposition to one another or can be in communion with each other. The author knits together the narratives of exile and return with the stories of Israelis and Palestinians and asks how acts of mourning and memory can be signs pointing to a future of justice, peace, and reconciliation in this divided land." —Naim Ateek, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center

"Alain Epp Weaver interweaves on the ground of Middle East experience with astute theological and political analysis. He shows both Christians and Jews how diaspora and exile can be transformed into a witness befitting their respective religious traditions, and strong enough to neutralize the manifold ways partisans of each distort those same traditions. A demanding yet liberating read for all!" —David Burrell, CSC, University of Notre Dame


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Review by: Naim Ateek, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center - March 17, 2008
In this important work, Alain Epp Weaver asks whether exile and return must be in binary opposition to one another or can be in communion with each other. The author knits together the narratives of exile and return with the stories of Israelis and Palestinians and asks how acts of mourning and memory can be signs pointing to a future of justice, peace, and reconciliation in this divided land.


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