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The Aryan Jesus : Christian theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany

Author: Susannah Heschel
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2008.
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"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. In The Aryan Jesus, Susannah Heschel shows that during fhe  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susannah Heschel
ISBN: 9780691125312 0691125317 9780691148052 0691148058
OCLC Number: 214282521
Description: xvii, 339 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Susannah Heschel.
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   schema:reviewBody ""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. In The Aryan Jesus, Susannah Heschel shows that during fhe 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 Jesus examines 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."--Jacket." ;
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