Ira Chernus  



Mysticism and Rabbinic Judaism (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter), 1982.

Dr. Strangegod: On the Symbolic Meaning of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press), 1986.

A Shuddering Dawn: Religious Studies and the Nuclear Age, edited by Ira Chernus and Edward T. Linenthal, (Albany: SUNY Press), 1989.

Nuclear Madness: Religion and the Psychology of the Nuclear Age (Albany: SUNY Press), 1991.

General Eisenhower: Ideology and Discourse (EastLansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2002)

Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace (College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2002)

The Idea of Nonviolence in U.S. History:


"'A Wall of Fire Round About': The Development of a Theme in Rabbinic Midrash," Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. XXX, no. 1, Spring 1979, pp 68-84.

"On the History of a Pericope in the Midrash Tanhuma," Journal for the Study of Judaism, vol. XI, no. 1, Fall 1980, pp. 53-65.

"The Rebellion at the Reed Sea: Observations on the Nature of Midrash," Hebrew Annual Review, vol. V, 1980, pp. 45-52.

"Individual and Community in the Redaction of the Heikalot Literature," Hebrew Union College Annual, vol. LII, 1981, pp. 253-274

"Midrash," "Targum," "Haggadah," "Aggada," "Massoretes," "Chumash," "Pirke Aboth," Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981).

"Mythologies of Nuclear War," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. L, no. 2, Summer 1982, pp. 255-273.

"Visions of God in Merkabah Mysticism," Journal for the Studv of Judaism, vol. XIII, no. 1-2, Fall 1982, pp. 123-146.

"The Symbolism of the Bomb," The Christian Century, vol. lOO, no. 29, Oct. 12, 1983, pp. 907-910.

"Teaching Religious Studies in the Nuclear Age," (with E. Linenthal) The Council on the Studv of Religion Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 5, December 1984, pp. 141 & 143.

''Mythology and Nuclear Strategy," Dialogue, vol. 17, no. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 31-36.

"Imagining the Unimaginable," Bulletin of Peace Proposals, vol. 16. no. 1, 1985, pp. 79-85.

"Hiroshima's Symbolism," The Christian Century, vol. 102, no. 24, July 31-August 7, 1985, pp. 702-704.

"The Nuclear Issue: A Jewish Approach?" The Reconstructionist, vol. L no. 8, July-August 1985, pp. 7-9, 14, & 26.

"War and Myth: 'The Show Must Go On,"' Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. LIII, no. 3, Fall 1985, pp. 449-464.

"The Pilgrimage to the Merkavah: An Interpretation of Early Jewish Mysticism," in J. Dan, ed., Early Jewish Mysticism (Jerusalem. The Hebrew University, 1986), pp. 1-35.

"Paul Tillich and the Depth Dimension of the Nuclear Age," Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. XLI, nos. 3 & 4, 1987, pp. 1-24.

"Nuclear Images in the Popular Press: The Age of Apocalypse," in Chernus and Linenthal, eds., A Shuddering Dawn.

"Nuclear Images in the Popular Press: From Apocalypse to Static Balance," in Chernus and Linenthal, eds., A Shuddering Dawn.

"(Cold) War is Peace: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Transformation of American War Imagery," in Will Wright & Steven Kaplan, eds. The Image of War (Pueblo, CO: The Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, 1992), pp. 2-9.

"Order and Disorder in the Definition of Peace," Peace and Change, vol. 18, no. 2, April, 1993, pp. 99-124.

"The Origins of Eisenhower’s Ideology in World War II," Armed Forces and Society, vol. 23, no. 4, Summer 1997, pp. 595-613.

"The Word ‘Peace’ as a Weapon of (Cold) War," Peace Review, vol. 10, no. 4, December, 1998, pp. 605-611

"Eisenhower: Turning Himself Toward Peace," Peace and Change, vol. 24, no. 1, January, 1999, pp. 48-75.

"Eisenhower and the Soviets, 1945-1947," Rhetoric and Public Affairs, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring, 1999, pp. 1-19.

"Toward a Nonviolence History of the Nuclear Age," in Simon Harak, SJ, ed., Nonviolence for the Third Millennium (Mercer University Press, 2000).

"Meanings of Peace: The Rhetorical Cold War after Stalin," in Kenneth A. Osgood and Klaus Larres, eds. The Cold War After Stalin's Death:A New International History (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.)


Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem, Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. XV, no. 2, Apri1 1977, pp. 221-224.

The Philosophy of the Kalam by Harry A. Wolfson, Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. XVI, no. 3, July 1978, pp. 349-352.

When Harlem Was Jewish by Jeffrey S. Gurock, Umoja, vol. III, no. 3, Fall 1979, pp. 195-199.

Theology for a Nuclear Age by Gordon S. Kaufman, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. LIV, no. 3, Fall 1986, pp. 589-590.

The Quest for Peace by James Turner Johnson, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. LVI, no. 4, Winter 1988, pp. 708-800.

The Future of Immortality and Other Essays for a Nuclear Age by Robert Jay Lifton, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. LVI, no. 4, Winter 1988, pp. 804-807.

Jewish Sprituality, ed. Arthur Green, Journal of Reform Judaism, vol. 37, no. 2, Summer 1990, pp. 75-77.

Ethics in the Nuclear Age, ed. Todd Whitmore, Critical Reviews of Books in Religion, 1991, pp. 271-273. .

Beyond Nuclear Thinking by Robert Malcolmson, International History Review, vol. 13, no. 4, November 1991, pp. 863-864.

Writing Security by David Campbell, Nuclear Texts and Contexts, no. 10, Fall 1994, pp. 14-16.

The Ethics of War and Peace, ed. Terry Nardin, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 65, no. 2, Spring 1997, pp. 501-505.

American Evangelicals and the U.S. Military, by Anne C. Loveland, Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 67, No. 2, Spring 1998, pp. 306-307.

The Art of Moral Protest by James Jasper, Rhetoric and Public Affairs (forthcoming)

The Cold War American West, 1945-1989, edited by Kevin J. Fernlund, Pacific Historical Review 318-319