Journal Article

The Rhetoric of the ‘Jewish Problem’ in the <i>Left Behind</i> Novels

Sherryll Mleynek

in Literature and Theology

Volume 19, issue 4, pages 367-383
Published in print November 2005 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/fri044
The Rhetoric of the ‘Jewish Problem’ in the Left Behind Novels

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The Left Behind series is a publication and marketing phenomenon with a worldwide readership. Asserting the ‘Truth’ of The Revelation of John as self-evident and using pre-Millennial Evangelical belief as the rhetorical and theological foundation of the series, the authors’ twelve novels depend on the premise that the Second Coming requires the conversion to Christianity of 144,000 Jews. This critique examines the novels’ layered rhetoric, contextualizing the series’ assumptions in a discussion of Jewish history, tradition, and the Shoah. I conclude that the series displaces all cultural and religious pluralism, and through its layered rhetoric announces its underlying anti-Semitic assumptions.

Journal Article.  6542 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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