By Christian Wiese
At the foundation of postcolonial concept, this learn indicates how Jewish students, within the controversies in regards to the "essence" of Judaism and Christianity at the start of the 20 th century, challenged the highbrow hegemony of Liberal Protestantism in Germany. through rigorously analyzing the effect of the political situations - the lack of relevance of political liberalism, the spreading of antisemitism, and the quandary of Jewish identification in an age of contested emancipation and assimilation - at the theological discourse, it presents a severe research of anti-Jewish implications of Protestant theology within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and discusses the functionality of Jewish polemics opposed to Protestant distortions of Jewish background, faith and tradition. in addition, it develops vital guidance for a latest interdisciplinary dating among Jewish reviews and Christian theology.
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Schweicher, Article on “Diskurs” in: H. J. Sandkühler, et al. ), Europäische Enzyklopädie zu Philosophie und Wissenschaften, Vol. , and the various essays in: J. Fohrmann/H. ), 1988. In this work, the various subjects and contexts of discussion within Protestant theology in which Jewish scholars demanded to participate are indicated by the use of “discourses” in the plural. For the phenomenon of a “Jewish-Protestant discourse,” the focus is on the normative aspects that J. ”. But “discourse” also indicates the “simple, but basic fact that our thinking moves in an order of symbols, by virtue of which the world is accessible for the participants of the respective linguistic and cultural context in a speciﬁc form of language and culture” (M.
H. ), 1986, 153–177, quotation 153. For the Weimar period, see also R. R. Geis/H. J. ), 1966; and P. Mendes-Flohr in: O. D. Kulka/P. ), 1987, 99–132. 18 Werner Vogler’s 1988 book, Jüdische Jesusinterpretationen in christlicher Sicht, is critically devoted to the attempt by Jewish scholars to understand Jesus consistently in the context of rabbinic Judaism. Stefan Meissner’s 1996 study, Die Heimholung des Ketzers. Studien zur jüdischen Auseinandersetzung mit Paulus, analyzes the very diﬀerent Jewish interpretations of Paul, some of which understood the Christian apostle as the one responsible for Christianity’s alienation from early Judaism, while others depicted him as a genuinely Jewish ﬁgure.
The need for a precise perception of the image of Judaism championed by Protestant theologians during the Wilhelmine period is linked with one of the most important objectives of this study. We will constantly encounter the phenomenon of Jewish apologetics, which has been criticized in historical research and plays a crucial role in Gershom Scholem’s fundamental critique of Jewish Studies;33 even Jewish scholars at that time were aware of the problematic aspects of apologetic activities. This study, however, is careful to not use the term “apologetics” in a retrospective polemical sense or from a Christian perspective as a critical tool against the motives leading Jewish scholars in their struggle with Protestant theology in order to demonstrate possible misperceptions, but rather as an analytical term, which critically examines the function of Jewish Studies’ apologetic activities.
Challenging Colonial Discourse: Jewish Studies And Protestant Theology In Wilhelmine Germany (Studies in European Judaism, V. 10) by Christian Wiese