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The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
Heschel, Susannah

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008 pp. xvii + 339. $29.95



Description: 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 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.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Bernard M. Levinson and Tina Sherman
Published 7/3/2010
Citation: Bernard M. Levinson and Tina Sherman, review of Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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