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“Salvation comes from the jews”

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Professor Friedrich August Gottreu Tholuck (17991877) became a central figure in three areas: the neo-Pietist awakening, the defence against the emerging Bible criticism, and missions to the Jews, a triad that was representative of this research tradition. Tholucks characterisation of the Jews has a fundamentally positive tendency. Judaism is not anything negativeit is the beautiful moon, although it is outshone by Christ. In Tholucks thinking, there is an unbreakable continuity, a revelatory continuity between the Old and New Testaments, and the continuity lies in the salvation-historical idea, where the new is merely a more or less predetermined continuation of the old. This thinking guaranteed the Jews an important role in Gods plan. The role of the Jews must be seen in the context of Tholucks symbolic world. Here, as in the Enlightenment exegetical research tradition, there is a construct, a symbolic Jew, which fits into his symbolic world.

Keywords: Friedrich August Gottreu Tholuck; Jews; New Testament; Old Testament; salvation-historical idea



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