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Marc H. Ellis

Marc Ellis
Born 1952
Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida State University
Marquette University
Occupation Professor

Marc H. Ellis (born in 1952) is an American author, liberation theologian, and a former University Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. He is currently visiting professor of several international universities, including the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica.


  • Biography 1
  • Commentaries 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6


Ellis was a member of the Catholic Worker Movement in 1974-1975. He wrote an autobiographical book (1997) Unholy alliance: religion and atrocity in our time. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religion and American Studies at Florida State University, where he studied under Richard Rubenstein and William Miller. In 1980 he received his doctorate in contemporary American Social and Religious Thought from Marquette University.[1] He then became a faculty member at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York, and director of the M.A. program at the Maryknoll Institute for Justice and Peace. He was made full professor in 1988, and remained at Maryknoll until 1995. He was a Senior Fellow[2] and then visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as a visiting professor at Florida State University. In 1998 he was appointed Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, where the next year he was named University Professor of American and Jewish Studies. In 1999 he founded Baylor University's Center for American and Jewish Studies. In 2006, the Center was renamed The Center for Jewish Studies.

His current writings deal with contemporary Judaism, Jewish liberation theology, Jewish-Arab relations, and justice and peace studies.

Ellis retired from Baylor University in 2012 and is currently visiting professor of international universities such as the United Nation mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.[3][4]


Among those who have commented appreciatively on the work of Ellis are Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Professor Susannah Heschel, Elliot Dorff and Desmund Tutu.[3]


  • Ellis, M. H. (2014) Burning Children - A Jewish View of the War in Gaza."
  • Ellis, M. H. (2011) Encountering the Jewish Future: with Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, Levinas. Augsburg Fortress ISBN 978-0-8006-9793-8
  • Ellis, M. H. (2009) Judaism Does Not Equal Israel: The Rebirth of the Jewish Prophetic. New Press ISBN 1-59558-425-0
  • Ellis, M. H. (2007) Reading the Torah Out Loud: A Journey of Lament and Hope.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2005) The End of Jewish History : Auschwitz, The Holocaust and Palestine. ISBN 0-7453-2426-6.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2005) After Arafat: mapping a Jewish/Palestinian solidarity. ASIN B000AJQKUU.
  • Ellis, M. H., & Neuberger, J.(preface) (2004) Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Challenge of the 21st Century. ISBN 1-932792-00-7.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2004) The Mural-Covered Wall: On Separation and the Future of Jews and Palestinians in Israel/Palestine and the Diaspora. ASIN B000BG5DE6.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2003) At the end of an era: a meditation on ecumenism, exile and gratitude. ASIN B0008DMKHA.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2002) Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes: The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-first Century. ISBN 0-7453-1956-4.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2001) Practicing Exile: The Religious Odyssey of an American Jew. ISBN 0-8006-3443-8.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2000) Revolutionary Forgiveness: Essays on Judaism, Christianity, and the Future of religious Life. ISBN 0-918954-75-4.
  • Ellis, M. H. (2000) A Year at the Catholic Worker: A Spiritual Journey Among the Poor. ISBN 0-918954-74-6
  • Ellis, M. H.(2000) Indigenous minority rights, citizenship, and the new Jerusalem: a reflection on the future of Palestinians and Jews in the expanded state of Israel. ASIN B0008HBG4E.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1999) O Jerusalem: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant. ISBN 0-8006-3159-5.
  • McGowan, D., & Ellis, M. H. (1998) Remembering Deir Yassin: The Future of Israel and Palestine. ISBN 1-56656-291-0.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1997) Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time. ISBN 0-8006-3080-7.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1995) Restoring the ordinary: A reflection on the consciousness of the Holocaust in Jewish thought in the aftermath of the Israeli-Palestinian accords. ASIN B0006QR1E6.
  • Ellis, M. H.(1994) Ending Auschwitz: The Future of Jewish and Christian Life. ISBN 0-664-25501-9.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1990) Beyond Innocence and redemption: Confronting the Holocaust and Israeli Power; Creating a Moral Future for the Jewish People. ISBN 0-06-062215-6.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1990) Expanding the View: Gustavo Gutierrez and the Future of Liberation Theology. ISBN 0-88344-690-1.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1989) The Future of Dissent: a Reflection on What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism. ASIN B00082AJUG.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1987) Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, ISBN 0-88344-358-9
  • Ellis, M. H. (1986) Faithfulness in an Age of Holocaust. ISBN 0-916349-13-6.
  • Ellis, M. H. (1981) Peter Maurin: Prophet in the twentieth century. ISBN 0-8091-2361-4.

See also


  1. ^ University Faculty, Professional, and Administrative Personnel, Florida State University
  2. ^ Past Affiliates D-H, Center for the Study of World Religions Harvard Divinity School
  3. ^ a b [1]
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Further reading

  • Can Jews abroad rescue Israel?
  • My heavy heart at Passover
  • On the Rabbis and the Future of Jewish Life
  • On the Palestinian Right of Return: a Jewish meditation on History, Rights and Return at the Wayback Machine (archived June 18, 2003)
  • Walling off the covenant: Jewish identity in the 21st century
  • The Ongoing Nakba and the Jewish Conscience: A presentation given at the Palestine Center
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