In april 1933 he wrote the essay “the church and the jewish question” ( die kirche vor der judenfrage) in response to both the aryan clauses, which were laws enacted on april 7, 1933, and to the nation-wide boycott of jewish. 11 the church and the jewish question (die kirche vor der juden frage) april 1933 this essay, written for a discussion group cf pastors meeting at the house of.
In an april 1933 essay, “the church and the jewish question,” dietrich bonhoeffer was the first to address the new problems the church faced under the nazi dictatorship despite some astonishing insights, this early essay poses many problems for contemporary readers. The christian church was born out of the legacies of the greek, roman and jewish cultures through god’s providence and perhaps advantageous timing, the christian church entered a world prepared for the truth of god.
Although it has been claimed that dietrich bonhoeffer's controversial 1933 essay on the church and the jewish question is riddled with inconsistencies, i argue that the essay is entirely consistent at least on the issue of church action with respect to the state. On the jewish question is a work by karl marx, written in 1843, and first published in paris in 1844 under the german title zur judenfrage in the deutsch–französische jahrbücher it was one of marx's first attempts to develop what would later be called the materialist conception of history. Jewish descent, accepted a “separate but equal” status in the national church they said, let the jewish pastors form their own church, and let the german church be truly “german” (swords, 217) a minority, led by bonhoeffer, believed they must stand against hitler’s program this was more than an academic exercise.
In the essay mentioned by anderson (“the church and the jewish question”) bonhoeffer seems at first almost to be thinking on paper, trying to find his way through the barriers of the german political perspective but suddenly his famous trio of responses to state-sponsored evil emerge.
“the church and the jewish question” one of bonhoeffer's most famous texts was his april 1933 essay, “the church and the jewish question” addressing the challenges facing his church under nazism, bonhoeffer in this essay argued that national socialism was an illegitimate form of government and hence had to be opposed on christian grounds.
The confessing church received increasing pressure from the gestapo, and bonhoeffer soon found himself in the minority as the evangelical church turned away from the gospel of jesus, the jewish messiah.