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By David Patterson

This ebook articulates a deeper realizing of the phenomenon of Jew hatred as a metaphysical point of the human soul. continuing from the Jewish pondering that the anti-Semites oppose, David Patterson argues that anti-Semitism arises from the main historical of temptations, the temptation to be as God, and hence to escape from an absolute responsibility to and for the opposite man or woman.

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He also identifies anti-Semitic race theorists such as Heinrich von Treitschke (1934–1896), Wilhelm Marr (1819–1904), and Arthur de Gobineau (1816–1882), even though it seems that Gobineau was actually philo-Semitic, arguing as he did in his Inequality of Human Races that the Jews “became a people that succeeded in everything it undertook, a free, strong, and intelligent 2 See Robert Wistrich, Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred (New York: Schocken Books, 1994). ”5 What is the understandable reason for the xenophobia and national protectionism that lead to Jew hatred?

Rowan A. : Paulist Press, 1988), 171ff. Joel Carmichael, The Satanizing of the Jews: Origin and Development of Mystical AntiSemitism (New York: Fromm International Publishing Corporation, 1992), 32. , 36; emphasis in original. , 52. 34 Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins The rejection of the Incarnation is much more than a rejection of salvation or a matter of disbelief – it is the refusal of a category, a renunciation of the very notion of the merging of God and man in the Christ. Since the Incarnation represents the attainment of the greatest good, the rejection of the Incarnation is the greatest evil.

Lévinas, Difficult Freedom, 261. , 281. Steven T. Katz, The Holocaust in Historical Context, vol. 1: The Holocaust and Mass Death before the Modern Age (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 396. Lévinas, Difficult Freedom, 261. Anti-Semitism as Deicide 25 attempt to expel the Divine Presence from creation, an attempt to reduce all there is to all there is. Anti-Semitism, in other words, is the ontological project par excellence, the totalitarian project to appropriate the other, both human and divine.

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