Aryan Jesus Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany

ISBN-10: 0691148058
ISBN-13: 9780691148052
Edition: 2009
Authors: Susannah Heschel
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408

Was Jesus a Nazi? During the Third Reich, German Protestant theologians, motivated by racism and tapping into traditional Christian anti-Semitism, redefined Jesus as an Aryan and Christianity as a religion at war with Judaism. In 1939, these theologians established the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Religious Life. InThe Aryan Jesus, Susannah Heschel shows that during the Third Reich, the Institute became the most important propaganda organ of German Protestantism, exerting a widespread influence and producing a nazified Christianity that placed anti-Semitism at its theological center. Based on years of archival research,The Aryan Jesusexamines the membership and activities of this controversial theological organization. With headquarters in Eisenach, the Institute sponsored propaganda conferences throughout the Nazi Reich and published books defaming Judaism, including a dejudaized version of the New Testament and a catechism proclaiming Jesus as the savior of the Aryans. Institute members--professors of theology, bishops, and pastors--viewed their efforts as a vital support for Hitler's war against the Jews. Heschel looks in particular at Walter Grundmann, the Institute's director and a professor of the New Testament at the University of Jena. Grundmann and his colleagues formed a community of like-minded Nazi Christians who remained active and continued to support each other in Germany's postwar years. The Aryan Jesusraises vital questions about Christianity's recent past and the ambivalent place of Judaism in Christian thought.

List of Illustrations
A Note on Archival Sources
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Theology and Race
Draining Jesus of Jewishness
The Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life, 1939 to 1942
Projects of the Institute
The Making of Nazi Theologians
The Faculty of Theology at the University of Jena
The Postwar Years
Conclusion: Crucified or Resurrected: Institute Theology in Postwar Germany
Bibliography
Illustration Permissions
Index
Scriptural Citations Index

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