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This chapter presents an overview of the first part of the book Roots of Theological Anti-Semitism. Studying the Jews in European Enlightenment discourse, it is apparent that theology, culture and politics are part of the same fabric. The discussions on the Bible had a direct bearing on the fate of the Jews, as was natural in a culture that had the Bible as one of its components. Although it was in Germany that Enlightenment theology grew into the force that would transform the world of theology, modern theologyand modern exegesiswas born in England. The chapter suggests that the picture of the Jews and Judaism found in the exegesis of this research tradition is coloured by classic anti-Jewish stereotypes, and that Jews and Judaism are constructed as the main antipode to Christianity, despite the traditions lip service to emancipation.

Keywords: Christianity; Enlightenment theology; Judaism



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