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Concluding analysis

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This chapter firstly looks at what the exegetes said about Jews and Judaism, especially the characterisation of Jews and Judaism, how historiography is used and how the problem of continuitydiscontinuity is dealt with. Secondly, it examines why they said what they said, attempting to understand the views on Jews and Judaism within the symbolic world of each scholar. Thirdly, the chapter considers the social consequences of the respective views, that is, the link between symbolic world and legitimation of societal treatment of Jews and Judaism. After Auschwitz, after the end of scholarly innocence, and after hermeneutics moved from methods of interpretation to awareness of how interpretation works, the ethos of the New Testament, as well as of the interpreter, comes into focus. A way forward for exegesis after Auschwitz is foreshadowed by Johannes Weiss, whose name there was never any reason to mention in connection with anti-Judaism or anti-Semitism.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Auschwitz; Judaism; New Testament



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