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Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature. Yearbook 2007: The by Reiterer, Friedrich V., Friedrich V. Reiterer, Tobias

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By Reiterer, Friedrich V., Friedrich V. Reiterer, Tobias Nicklas, Karin Schopflin

In our present-day society Angels are being noted extra usually back. yet the place are the roots of those discourses to be came upon? How have they constructed? the current quantity concentrates on a learn of significant resources for the tips approximately angels in oriental antiquity, the outdated testomony and early Jewish and Christian considering. during this, the deuterocanonical writings of the previous testomony supply a different concentration. additionally, the research examines major additional advancements in Judaism, Christianity or Islam, in iconography and the heritage of piety.

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The principal concern of this "white‐ collar proletariat" was to distinguish itself from the real proletariat. Ruined by big industry, bamboozled by the Junkers, it was nonetheless to the Junkers and the great industrialists that its whole heart went out. It went in for anti‐Semitism with the same enthusiasm that it went in for wearing bourgeois dress: because the workers were internationalists, because the Junkers possessed Germany and it wished to possess it also. Anti‐Semitism is not merely the joy of hating; it brings positive pleasures too.

On the other hand, the bourgeois — and the anti‐Semite in particular — have chosen to explain history by the action of individual wills. 3 They behave toward social facts like primitives who endow the wind and the sun with little souls. Intrigues, cabals, the perfidy of one man, the courage and virtue of another — that is what determines the course of their business, that is what determines the course of the world. Anti‐Semitism, a bourgeois phenomenon, appears therefore as a choice made to explain collective events by the initiative of individuals.

There are too many Jewish lawyers, someone says. But is there any complaint that there are too many Norman lawyers? Even if all the Bretons were doctors would we say anything more than that "Brittany provides doctors for the whole of France"? Oh, someone will answer, it is not at all the same thing. No doubt, but that is precisely because we consider Normans as Normans and Jews as Jews. Thus wherever we turn it is the idea of the Jew which seems to be the essential thing. It has become evident that no external factor can induce anti‐Semitism in the anti‐Semite.

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