Nietzsche's criticism of ancient priestly Judaism is as severe and uncompromising as is his attack on modern anti-Semitism. He directs his diatribe, however, not at real individuals nor at a concrete historical group, but against Judaism as a genealogical category embedded within Christianity. And he does not let his critique of ancient priestly Judaism project into a negative attitude toward contemporary Jews. On the contrary for contemporary, post-Exile Jews he has great admiration and hopes, just as he admires the Jews of the Old Testament. His violent attacks against Judaism concentrate on the second, priestly phase in Jewish history. While anti-Semites accuse the Jews of having killed Christ, Nietzsche scolds them for having begotten him.
The example of Wagner is a case with which Nietzsche, doctor par excellence of famous diagnostic skills, has been very familiar for quite some time. He has often been consulted regarding this patient, who himself professes to be the right physician for cases of hysteria. Doctor Nietzsche, however, for his part, defends an opposing view to wit, that this patient is a most nefarious danger to the health of women and young people. Has the doctor been consulted Well, rather, he consulted himself for behind the case of Wagner, and furthermore that of Socrates (between which cases multiple parallels could be drawn), lies the case of Nietzsche of the mad admiration he first manifested for Wagner, whom, in the correspondence of his early period, 8 he calls his master and father, and to whom, in the manner of a dutiful son, he never failed to send birthday greetings and then of the final rejection, marked in The Case of Wagner and Nietzsche Contra Wagner by Wagner's reduction to a typical...
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