By Tod Linafelt
BbWhat function may 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 best way we read-or may still read-the founding textual content of Christianity? even supposing the philosophical, moral, and theological implications of the Holocaust have acquired a lot realization in recent times, its implications for our practices of biblical interpretation have long past mostly unexplored. In A Shadow of Glory the most well known modern students in religious 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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The "hatred" and "demonic nationalism" that he ascribes to Palestinian Jews at the time of Jesus continue in his postwar writings, as does his insistence on Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion. That the denigration of Judaism presented in his writings participated in the Holocaust is never acknowledged by him. "36 In the debates that took place among the different factions of the Aryan Christians, and between the Aryan Christians and the Confessing Church, the element that bound them together was antisemitism.
Nazi ambivalence toward Christianity as a rival ideology, and toward the churches as potentially competing sources of authority, led some Nazi theorists, such as Alfred Rosenberg, to call for the elimination of Christianity from Germany. On one point, however, both sides were in agreement: Christianity was thoroughly infiltrated by Jewish elements. For Nazis such as Alfred Rosenberg, that meant Christianity was anathema to Germans. For church leaders, eager to defend their positions of power, it simply meant a reformation that would purge Christianity of all Jewish taint.
Grundmann was asked by the Thuringian church to leave the region and return to his home church of Saxony, where he had been born. The church of Saxony was unwilling to accept him, so he reapplied for admission in Thuringia in 1947 and was finally assigned pastoral duties. By 1954 Grundmann's academic career was once again blossoming; he was appointed Rektor of the Katechetenseminar in Eisenach, lectured at the theological seminary in Leipzig, and became the academic advisor to the Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, the Protestant publishing house of the German Democratic Republic.
A Shadow of Glory. Reading the New Testament After the Holocaust by Tod Linafelt