Luther's Jews: A Journey Into Anti-Semitism
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Luther's Jews: A Journey Into Anti-Semitism

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Luther believed that when Protestants purged Christianity of the manmade traditions that had accumulated over the centuries, Jews would once again be open to the gospel. When this didn't happen, he grew increasingly anti-Semitic in later years. Kaufmann delves into the sad story and its tragic historical consequences. 240 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0198738544
ISBN-13: 9780198738541

Publisher's Description

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 from the 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 sometimes shocking 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 a tale both sobering and ominous in equal measure.

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

Editorial Reviews


"This marvelous book will be the standard work in the field. Kaufmann's ability to cover so much ground in such a short space and with such precision is remarkable. He is always careful to distinguish the demonstrable from the intriguingly possible, and when we simply do not know, he says so explicitly. For those scholars and students who are more interested in the afterlife of Luther's writings relating to the Jews than in the specifically sixteenth-century context of those writings, Kaufmann's final chapter on reception history will prove to be an indispensable resource."--Brooks Schramm, Antisemitism Studies


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