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Pioneering scholarship in judaism

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Franz Delitzschs theological outlook is to be placed within salvation-historical theology, with roots in Lutheran confessionalism and Pietist revival. The idea of Late Judaism was basically foreign to Delitzsch, his historiography describing an unbroken continuity between Jesus and Judaism, rather than a breach between them. His picture of Jesus in relation to contemporary Judaism was painted in warm colours. The key role of Jews and Judaism in the overall system of people such as Delitzsch may in fact have provided a natural protection for the Jews in the tumultuous 1880s, as Jews were seen as a divinely appointed part of the Christian faith that was fundamental to German society. The Jews needed all the friends they could get as a new anti-Semitism flared up. The strength with which Delitzsch defended Jews against anti-Semitism was matched by his sharpness in theological dispute.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Franz Delitzsch; Jesus; Late Judaism; salvation-historical theology



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