Luthers Jews: A Journey into Anti-Semitism

Hardcover | February 12, 2017

byThomas Kaufmann

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If there was one person who could be said to light the touch-paper for the epochal transformation of European religion and culture that we now call the Reformation, it was Martin Luther. And Luther and his followers were to play a central role in the Protestant world that was to emerge fromthe Reformation process, both in Germany and the wider world. In all senses of the term, this religious pioneer was a huge figure in European history. Yet there is also the very uncomfortable but at the same time undeniable fact that he was an anti-semite. Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the Reformation, this is the vexed and sometimesshocking story of Martin Luther's increasingly vitriolic attitude towards the Jews over the course of his lifetime, set against the backdrop of a world in religious turmoil. A final chapter then reflects on the extent to which the legacy of Luther's anti-semitism was to taint the Lutheran church over the following centuries. Scheduled for publication on the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation's birth, in light of the subsequent course of German history it is atale both sobering and ominous in equal measure.

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If there was one person who could be said to light the touch-paper for the epochal transformation of European religion and culture that we now call the Reformation, it was Martin Luther. And Luther and his followers were to play a central role in the Protestant world that was to emerge fromthe Reformation process, both in Germany and t...

Thomas Kaufmann is Professor of Church History at the University of Gottingen.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.1 inPublished:February 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: 'Luther's Jews' - an unavoidable topic1. Neighbours yet strangers - Jews on the fringes of Luther's world2. The Church's Enemies - Luther's early theological position on the Jews3. The Jews' Friend? Luther's 'Reformation' of Attitudes towards the Jews4. Hopes disappointed, expectations fulfilled: The late 1520s and the 1530s5. The Final Battle for the Bible: Luther's Vicious Writings6. Mixed Responses: The History of the Reception of Luther's Attitude to the Jews from the 16th to the 20th CenturyConclusion: A Fallible Human BeingSources and bibliographyIndex