By Tod Linafelt
BbWhat function may perhaps the hot testomony have performed within the cultural background of anti-Semitism that culminated within the Holocaust? and the way has the Holocaust in flip affected the way in which we read-or may still read-the founding textual content of Christianity? even if the philosophical, moral, and theological implications of the Holocaust have obtained a lot cognizance in recent times, its implications for our practices of biblical interpretation have long gone mostly unexplored. In A Shadow of Glory essentially the most admired modern students in bible study and Jewish studies-both Christian and Jewish, American and European-lay the basis for a brand new post-Holocaust hermeneutics.
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Walter Grundmann, Die Bergrede lesu (Sch riften zur Nationalkirche Nr. 10; Weimar: Verlag Deutsche Christen, 1939), 16. 27. d. ). Delivered at a conference in 1936. 28. Walter Grundmann, "Da s Messiasproblem ," in Germanentum, Christentum und [udentum : Studien zur Erforschung ihres gegenseitigen Yerhaltnisses, Vol. 2, ed. Walte r Grun dman n, (Sitzungesberichte der zweiten Arbeitstagun g des Instituts zur Erforschun g des judischen Einflusses auf das deutsche kirchliche Leben vom 3. bis 5. Marz 1941 in Eisenach), 381.
V' No other field has been challenged as severely by the Holocaust as that of Christian theology. Held responsible as a major source for antisemitism in Europe, its moral legitimacy is called into question. sSuch conclusions are possible only when disconfirming data are ignored, or the wrong questions are posed. Numerous studies of the churches in the Third Reich avoid the Holocaust, defining Nazism solely in terms of its nationalism and war mongering. Few provide information about membership of church officials in the Nazi party and related organizations.
Most of the most active members, however, were professors of New Testament, which gave their writings on Judaism added weight. Within the German university, the study of Judaism was located primarily in the theological faculties, among the professors of New Testament. The study of Christian origins necessitated knowledge of rabbinic and Hellenistic Judaism, although that knowledge was generally used to draw a contrast between a degenerate ancient Judaism and early Christianity. w that Grundmann joined the Nazi party, becoming one of its earliest members.
A Shadow of Glory. Reading the New Testament After the Holocaust by Tod Linafelt