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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books

David Price


This book reconstructs the history of a major crisis in Christian–Jewish relations: the attempt to confiscate and destroy all Jewish books in Renaissance Germany. This unprecedented effort to end the practice of Judaism throughout the empire was challenged by Jewish communities and also, unexpectedly, by Johannes Reuchlin, the founder of Christian Hebrew studies. Reuchlin had revolutionized the Christian study of the Bible with his Hebrew grammar (1506), and, on 6 October 1510, published an impassioned defense of Jewish writings and Jewish legal rights against the confiscation mandate and the ... More

Keywords: anti-Semitism, Catholic Church, Judaism, censorship, Christian–Jewish relations, humanism, Johannes Reuchlin, Renaissance, Martin Luther, Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394214.001.0001


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David Price, author
University of Illinois
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