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Adolf Schlatter and judaism: Great erudition and fierce opposition

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Adolf Schlatters Jewish erudition is unparalleled among New Testament scholars of Second Temple Judaism, Hermann Lichtenberger states. Schlatters historical work on the New Testament met with fierce criticism, especially from the influential Emil Schürer (from 1893), and not until the 1920s did Schlatter win wider scholarly acclaim. Schlatter's Erläuterungen zum Neuen Testament in particular, which encompassed all the New Testament texts, was used by lay people and pastors alike. Through the scholarly series Beiträge zur Förderung christlicher Theologie, which he initiated and continued to edit throughout his lifetime, Schlatter created a platform not only for his own research, but also for many scholars who could identify with the title of the series. Scholars have accused Schlatters work under National Socialism of containing anti-Semitism and theological anti-Judaism, and of being bluntly anti-Semitic.

Keywords: Adolf Schlatter; anti-Semitism; Emil Schürer; Judaism; National Socialism; New Testament



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