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By Tod Linafelt

BbWhat position could the recent testomony have performed within the cultural heritage of anti-Semitism that culminated within the Holocaust? and the way has the Holocaust in flip affected the way in which we read-or should still read-the founding textual content of Christianity? even if the philosophical, moral, and theological implications of the Holocaust have bought a lot consciousness lately, its implications for our practices of biblical interpretation have long past principally unexplored. In A Shadow of Glory one of the most admired modern students in bible study and Jewish studies-both Christian and Jewish, American and European-lay the foundation for a brand new post-Holocaust hermeneutics.

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Leipzig: G. Wigand, 1940). Germanentum, Christentum und ludentum: Studien zur Erforschung ihres gegenseitigen Verhaltnisses, Vol. 2. Sitzungesberichte der zweiten Arbeitstagung des Instituts zur Erforschung des judischen Einflusses auf das deutsche kirchliche Leben vom 3. bis 5. Marz 1941 in Eisenach. Hrsg. Walter Grundmann. (Leipzig: Verlag Georg Wigand, 1942). Germanentum, Christenum und [udentum. Studien zur Erforschung ihres gegenseitigen Verhaeltnisses. Dritter Band. Sitzungesberichte der dritten Arbeitstagung des Instituts zur Erforschung des judischen Einflusses auf das deutsche kirchliche Leben vom 9.

In contrast, Jesus did not proclaim the Jewish God, but rather a spiritual experience of God. As a result, Christians, like Aryans, have a closeness to God, a spiritual experience of divine presence, and judge ethical situations individually, not on the basis of general laws; the Semitic is intellectual, the Aryan is moral. In avowing the political goals underlying his theology Grundmann was quite direct. In a lecture delivered at an institute-sponsored conference held in 1941, Grundmann explains the importance of his view of Jesus for the present politi- 34 READING JESUS AS A NAZI cal strivings of Germany: "Our Yolk, which stands above all else in a struggle against the satanic powers of world Jewry for the order and life of this world, dismisses Jesus, because it cannot struggle against the Jews and open its heart to the king of the Jews:'28 Not to worry, Grundmann reassures his readers; Jesus was no Jewish messiah.

34. Georg Bertram, Denkschrift betr. Aufgaben eines theologischen Forsch ungs-Instituts zu Eisenach 6 May 1945, 1. LKA Thuringen, Bestand Ani: Akten des Lande skirchenrats der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche in Thuring en uber Entjudung der Kirche, 1939-1947. 35. Walter Grundmann and Johannes Leipold t, Umwe1t des Urchristentums, 3 vol. (Berlin: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 1965-1967). 36. ¥Iva Archive, New York, Berlin Collectio n Reel G 135. 37. Ch rista Mulack, Jesus: der Gesalbte der Frauen (Stuttgart : Kreuz Verlag, 1987), 155-1 56.

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