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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books$
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David Price

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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5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews

5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews

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(p.95) 5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews
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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394214.003.0005

This chapter describes the attempt, which began in 1509, to promote conversion by confiscating Jewish books. Supported by the Franciscan and Dominican Orders as well as the University of Cologne, Johannes Pfefferkorn agitated for universal expulsion of Jews or, that failing, destruction of their “blasphemous” and “heretical” books (with emphasis on the Talmud and liturgical books). The chapter offers extensive analysis of the inflammatory anti-Jewish pamphlets published to support this campaign. In 1509, the anti-Jewish effort scored a major success: Emperor Maximilian issued a mandate authorizing confiscation of Jewish books.

Keywords:   anti-Jewish pamphlets, confiscation, expulsion of Jews, Maximilian I, Johannes Pfefferkorn, Talmud, Jewish books, Franciscan Order, Dominican Order, University of Cologne

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