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Bibil Identifier bibil:213145
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Historiography of Antisemitism versus Anti-Judaism: A Response to Robert Morgan
Author Heschel, Susannah
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 33, Issue: 3)
Undefined link Susannah Heschel’s Aryan Grundmann
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 257-279 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Responding to Robert Morgan’s plaidoyer for Christianity by claiming a distinction between theological anti-Judaism and modern, racial antisemitism, this article demonstrates that the texts of pro-Nazi German Protestant theologians integrate race and religion with a fluidity that obviates a sharp distinction between the two terms. Antisemitic propaganda produced by Christian theologians during World War II leaves the strictly theological realm in its use of Nazi language and concepts, even when framed in a Christian context, and demands a different kind of conceptualization by historians. Why a group of theologians—professors, instructors, students, pastors and bishops—sought the dejudaization of Christianity during the Third Reich requires attentiveness by historians to the affinities these theologians thought they recognized between Christianity and the claims of modern racial theorists. General historians of Nazi social history will benefit from greater awareness of the racialization of significant sectors of the Christian community in Germany, and students of postwar German theology will benefit from considering the legacy of the pre-1945 Nazification of certain university theological faculties as well as Nazi-era racial tendencies in certain strands of theological scholarship.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X10396142
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Anti-semitism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anti-Judaism
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