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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the fourth part of the book, which discusses the view on Judaism of two scholars: Gerhard Kittel, a second-generation theological professor with great prestige and deep roots in the conservative Pietist circles, and Walter Grundmann, a scholar with an ordinary lower-class background. The choice is quite natural: both of them were National Socialists, who had the same theological outlook to begin with, although they represent fairly different positions politically and theologically. The young exegete Walter Grundmann became an early member of the National Socialist party on 1 December 1930 in Tübingen, and his teacher, the prominent New Testament exegete and expert in Judaism, Gerhard Kittel, became a member on 1 May 1933, one month after the Jewish Boycott.

Keywords: Gerhard Kittel; Judaism; National Socialist party; Walter Grundmann



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