Jesus a Nazi? Hitler a savior? During the Third Reich, some leading German Protestant theologians, motivated by racism and drawing from traditional Christian anti-semitism, redefined Jesus as an Aryan and Christianity as a religion at war with Judaism.
This lecture will be presented by Susannah Heschel, Eli Black professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College, who will describe the 19th century efforts by Jewish thinkers to define a positive view of Jesus as a rabbi, the nazification of much of German Protestantism during the Third Reich and the attempts to reconceptualize the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in recent decades. The lecture will also present a critical view of recent scholarly literature on Christian antisemitism.
The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations (read the Loyola magazine article from the first lecture in 1986). The annual lecture, hosted by the Center for the Humanities, is open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public.
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