A new article has recently been written by David A. R. Clark and published in the Scottish Journal of Theology.
“Psalm 74:8 and November 1938: Rereading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Kristallnacht Annotation in Its Interpretive Context.” Scottish Journal of Theology 71, no. 3 (August 2018): 253-266.
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Following Kristallnacht, Dietrich Bonhoeffer marked the date of the pogrom beside Psalm 74:8 in his personal Bible. This annotation has been frequently cited; however, though scholars have recognised historical implications of associating this psalm text with Kristallnacht, the discourse has yet to examine this annotation thoroughly in the context of Bonhoeffer’s figural interpretation of the Psalms during this period. This article will establish the context of Bonhoeffer’s figural approach to the Psalter in order to address this question: by connecting Psalm 74:8 with Kristallnacht, what theological claim might Bonhoeffer have been making about the events of November 1938?
About the Author:
David A. R. Clark is a PhD Candidate in Theological Studies at the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology (Wycliffe College). His research focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of the Old Testament during the Nazi period, including the implications for post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian relations. You can read more about David here: www.davidarclark.ca