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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books

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Throughout early sixteenth century Germany, attempts were made to confiscate and destroy Jewish books, in order to end the practice of Judaism throughout the empire. An unlikely champion emerged in Johannes Reuchlin, who wrote a passionate defense of Jewish writings and legal rights in 1510. Now commonly called ",Germany's first humanist,", Reuchlin laid the foundation for the first Christian study of Jewish history and theology, and for Luther's nascent Reformation movement. David H. Price offers a compelling study of Reuchlin's writings and their enduring impact on Jewish-Christian relations.


After receiving a Ph.D. from Yale University, David H. Price taught at Yale and the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently Professor of Religious Studies, History, and Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois. He has written books on the Bible in English, Reformation drama, humanist poetry, and, most recently, Albrecht Dürer's Renaissance: Humanism, Reformation and the Art of Faith.


The early sixteenth century saw a major crisis in Christian-Jewish relations: the attempt to confiscate and destroy every Jewish book in Germany. This unprecedented effort to end the practice of Judaism throughout the empire was challenged by Jewish communities, and, unexpectedly, by Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522), the founder of Christian Hebrew studies. In 1510, Reuchlin wrote an extensive, impassioned, and ultimately successful defense of Jewish writings and legal rights, a stunning intervention later acknowledged by a Jewish leader as a ''miracle within a miracle.'' The fury that greeted Reuchlin's defense of Judaism resulted in a protracted heresy trial that polarized Europe. The decade-long controversy promoted acceptance of humanist culture in northern Europe and, in several key settings, created an environment that was receptive to the nascent Reformation movement. The legal and theological battles over charges that Reuchlin's positions were "impermissibly favorable to Jews," a conflict that elicited intervention on both sides from the most powerful political and intellectual leaders in Renaissance Europe, formed a new context for Christian reflection on Judaism. David H. Price offers insight into important Christian discourses on Judaism and anti-Semitism that emerged from the clash of Renaissance humanism with this potent anti-Jewish campaign, as well as an innovative analysis of Luther's virulent anti-Semitism in the context and aftermath of the Reuchlin Affair. This book is a valuable contribution to study of an important and complex development in European history: Christians acquiring accurate knowledge of Judaism and its history.


1. ''Impermissibly Favorable to Jews?'' 2. Humanist Origins 3. Humanism at Court 4. Discovery of Hebrew 5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews 6. Who Saved the Jewish Books? 7. Inquisition 8. Trial at Rome and the Christian Debates 9. The Luther Affair 10. ''As If the First Martyr of Hebrew Letters'' Bibliography


Titel: Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books
EAN: 9780199781164
ISBN: 978-0-19-978116-4
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 370
Veröffentlichung: 03.12.2010
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch
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