Wednesday, September 23, 2015

23 September 1888 A.D. Gerhard Kittel Born—German Lutheran Theologian & Open Anti-Semite



23 September 1888 A.D.  Gerhard Kittel Born—German Lutheran Theologian & Open Anti-Semite
Gerhard Kittel (September 23, 1888, Breslau – July 11, 1948, Tübingen) was a German Protestant theologian, lexicographer of biblical languages, and open anti-Semite.[1] He is best known in academic circles for his Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament).
The son of acclaimed Old Testament scholar Rudolf Kittel, he married Hanna Untermeier in 1914, but there were no children from the union. In May 1933 he joined the National Socialist German Workers Party. A Professor of Evangelical Theology and New Testament at the University of Tübingen, he published "scientific" studies depicting the Jewish people as the historical enemy of Germany, Christianity, and European culture in general.

In 1945, after Hitler's Third Reich capitulated to the Allies, Kittel was arrested by the French occupying forces, removed from office and interned at Balingen. William F. Albright wrote the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg in early 1946, "In view of the terrible viciousness of his attacks on Judaism and the Jews, which continues at least until 1943, Gerhard Kittel must bear the guilt of having contributed more, perhaps, than any other Christian theologian to the mass murder of Jews by Nazis."

Nonetheless, in 1946 Kittel was released pending his trial. He was forbidden to enter Tübingen until 1948, however. From 1946 to 1948 he was a Seelsorger (soul carer) in Beuron. In 1948 he was allowed back into Tübingen, but died that year before the criminal proceedings against him could be resumed.

Literary works


·                  Die Oden Salomos überarbeitet oder einheitlich, 1914
·                  Jesus und die Rabbinen, 1914
·                  Die Probleme des palästinensischen Spätjudentums und das Urchristentum, 1926
·                  Urchristentum, Spätjudentum, Hellenismus, 1926
·                  Die Religionsgeschichte und das Urchristentum, 1932
·                  Founder and co-editor of the "Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament", 5 vols., 1933-1979
·                  Ein theologischer Briefwechsel mit Karl Barth, 1934
·                  Christus und Imperator, 1939

References

1.                        Jump up ^ Ericksen, Robert P. 1987. Theologians Under Hitler. Yale University Press.

External links


·                  Christof Dahm (1992). "Kittel, Gerhard". In Bautz, Friedrich Wilhelm. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German) 3. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 1544–1546. ISBN 3-88309-035-2.
·                  Gerhard Kittel by Textus Receptus

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