Linking the Jewish People to India: Friedrich Korn (1803–1850) and His Theory of Universal Revelation through Astrotheology

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Title: Linking the Jewish People to India: Friedrich Korn (1803–1850) and His Theory of Universal Revelation through Astrotheology
Authors: Musch, Sebastian
Abstract: This article explores the little-known author Friedrich Korn (1803–1850). Korn developed a theory of universal revelation which, among other things, claimed that the Jewish people descended from India. His theory is an amalgamation of the Romantic ideas about India, the historical criticisms as expounded by David Friedrich Strauß, and the desire to see his own conversion from Judaism to Protestantism as congruent with the historical progress of religion. Situating Korn in the intellectual context and theological debates of his time allows us to take a closer look at how he tried to reconcile many opposing stances, namely arguing for a genealogical lineage between India and the Jewish people, while calling for the conversion of the Jewish people to Christianity, and steadfastly believing in universal revelation, while holding on to the tools of historical criticism. These different positions made Korn an untimely author, out of sync with his peers and the scholarly attitude towards Judaism, India, and religion in general.
Citations: PaRDeS : Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien, Special Issues: JewBus, Jewish Hindus & other Jewish Encounters with East Asian Religions, 23, Universitätsverlag Potsdam, 2017, 41-54.
ISBN: 978-3-86956-418-0
Subject Keywords: Religion; Judentum; Indien
Issue Date: 23-Mar-2018
License name: Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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Type of publication: Einzelbeitrag in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift [article]
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