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P.H. Brazier, A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews

P.H. Brazier, A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews Book Reviews P.H. Brazier, A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2021. xvii + 291 pp. ISBN: 978-1-7252-9198-0. The aim of A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews ‘is to examine precisely what C.S. Lewis believed and wrote about the ancient Hebrews, their scriptures, their status as God’s chosen people, and about today’sJews’ (3). It also aims to look at Lewis’s political beliefs, especially as they relate to ‘contemporary humanity’s obsession with tribalistic identity politics’ (3). The book manages the first aim well enough, but the author’s comments on the second intrude unpleasantly, a fly in the pudding. Such comments begin early in the book, where Brazier remarks that ‘this identity is essentially a projection of vanity and pride, self-importance (such identities are often the result of psychological delusions)’ (12–13). He cites no evidence to support this claim, and those among his readers who must name and assert their identities in order to survive, as well as anyone who cares about them, might close the book at this point. What the book does best is gather material from Lewis on Jews, Judaism, and the Hebrew scriptures in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Inklings Studies Edinburgh University Press

P.H. Brazier, A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews

Journal of Inklings Studies , Volume 12 (2): 8 – Oct 1, 2022

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10.3366/ink.2022.0159
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Book Reviews P.H. Brazier, A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2021. xvii + 291 pp. ISBN: 978-1-7252-9198-0. The aim of A Hebraic Inkling: C. S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews ‘is to examine precisely what C.S. Lewis believed and wrote about the ancient Hebrews, their scriptures, their status as God’s chosen people, and about today’sJews’ (3). It also aims to look at Lewis’s political beliefs, especially as they relate to ‘contemporary humanity’s obsession with tribalistic identity politics’ (3). The book manages the first aim well enough, but the author’s comments on the second intrude unpleasantly, a fly in the pudding. Such comments begin early in the book, where Brazier remarks that ‘this identity is essentially a projection of vanity and pride, self-importance (such identities are often the result of psychological delusions)’ (12–13). He cites no evidence to support this claim, and those among his readers who must name and assert their identities in order to survive, as well as anyone who cares about them, might close the book at this point. What the book does best is gather material from Lewis on Jews, Judaism, and the Hebrew scriptures in

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Journal of Inklings StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2022

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