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Yaakov Ariel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770689

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770689.001.0001

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The Evangelical Understanding of the Holocaust

The Evangelical Understanding of the Holocaust

(p.153) 9 The Evangelical Understanding of the Holocaust
An Unusual Relationship

Yaakov Ariel

NYU Press

This chapter examines the evangelical literature on the Holocaust, much of which has lately taken the form of romance novels—the genre of choice for evangelical readers in the last two decades. Investigating these diverse bodies of literature offers many insights into the development of the evangelical perceptions of the Jews in the last generation. The writings reassure evangelicals that true Christian believers had nothing to do with the persecution and annihilation of Jews, and in fact went out of their way to protect such people from the Nazis. Evangelical literature has further pointed to the horrors of the Holocaust as proof that all human beings need the Gospel and should accept Jesus Christ as their savior, thereby assuring their status as righteous persons in this era, as well as their spiritual and physical salvation for eternity.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Jews, evangelicals, true Christians, Nazis, evangelical literature

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