Marc Ellis’s curriculum vita is not published anywhere on the Baylor University web site, nor anywhere else in the Internet for that matter. And there is a good reason for this. His CV is an embarrassment and reveals the pathetic quality level of his “work.” Ellis has virtually no academic publications, in spite of his having served as a tenured full professor at a large university. I could find no publications by Ellis in any international refereed academic journals, the usual yardstick to evaluate an academic. Most of his journal articles are in the “Journal of Palestine Studies,” a propaganda magazine controlled by the PLO. He also has a few things in Christian liberation theology magazines, none of which could be considered academic publications, and almost all of these articles are bashings of Israel. He has published a few screeds in Marxist magazines and other bash-Israel magazines. The closest thing to an Ellis academic publication I could find was something he has in an obscure Turkish journal about how insensitive Americans were about Muslims after 9-11.
Ellis’s entire “academic” record consists of Bash-Israel propaganda books purporting to be concerned with theology, mostly published with either Marxist publishers, like the Pluto Press (which used to have Trotskyite connections and likes to publish anti-Semitic screeds), or with obscure publishers specializing in Christian liberation theology.
Ellis serving as a professor of Jewish Studies at a university makes about as much sense as Shirley MacLaine working as a distinguished professor of physics. Ellis has essentially never published anything about Judaism, but instead only about the shallow Marxism he expects Jews to embrace as a replacement for Judaism. Jewish theologians who have heard of him at all consider him a quack.
Ellis’s main academic achievements seem to be the invention of nonsense terms and the utilization of the Holocaust as a bludgeon to demonize Israel. Ellis is openly contemptuous of any talk about Jews being in need of any national empowerment. Such things constitute “Constantinian Judaism,” to use Ellis’s favorite terminology, a malapropism picked up – one suspects – after spending too much time misrepresenting Judaism at Christian theological institutions. Constantinian Judaism, in Ellis’s view, is conscripting religion to serve the agenda of the militarist state. Ellis uses the term to describe Jews who support either Israel or the United States. Jews can only fulfill their proper ethical role in history, which – Ellis is persuaded – is to promote socialism and leftist fads, if they are stateless and suffering. Ellis never finds time in all his discussions of the theological implications of the Holocaust to consider the mass murder of Jewish children by his beloved Palestinians. Uniformed Jewish youths certainly have no right to prevent such things. No Anna Franks in Israel are entitled to defense.
Ellis pretends to be some sort of expert on “Holocaust Studies” but the only “Holocaust lesson” Ellis derives is the need to have a second Holocaust to rid the world of Israel and Israelis. Ellis has publicly endorsed not only Finkelstein’s The Holocaust Industry, but also Finkelstein’s scurrilous attacks on Nobel Prize winning-writer and concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel. Ellis sometimes writes for the pro-jihad “Counterpunch” web magazine of the Cockburns, where he appears alongside some of the worst Holocaust Deniers on the planet.
The theological lesson that Marc H. Ellis draws from the Holocaust and preaches wherever he goes is that Jews must stop trying to defend themselves against violent anti-Semites and that “progressive Jews” such as himself should see to it that Israel is destroyed. He will be conveying this “lesson” at the upcoming Harvard Nuremberg Rally. (Harvard, hide thy womenfolk.) It remains to be seen whether participants will march from the rally along Harvard Street to Brookline to burn down any synagogues.
It would be preferable if Baylor fired Ellis for being a fraud, a pseudo-academic, an imposter with no knowledge of “Jewish Studies,” someone unqualified to serve as a professor of anything. But the United States got rid of Al Capone by convicting him of income tax evasion. So I suppose Baylor could do worse than firing Marc H. Ellis because of sexual misconduct.
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