Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany


This book represents a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of the Jews and the German Reformation. The contributions come from both senior and emerging scholars, from North America, Israel, and Europe, to ensure a breadth in perspective. The essays in this volume are arranged under four broad headings: 1. The Road to the Reformation (late medieval theology and the humanists and the Jews); 2. The Reformers and the Jews (essays on Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Zwingli, Calvin, Osiander, the Catholic Reformers, and the Radical Reformers); 3. Representations of Jews and Judaism (the portrayal of Judaism as a religion, images of the Jews in the visual arts, and in sixteenth-century German literature); and 4. Jewish Responses to the Reformation.

Contributors include: Dean Phillip Bell, Jay Berkovitz, Robert Bireley, Stephen G. Burnett, Elisheva Carlebach, Achim Detmers, Yaacov Deutsch, Maria Diemling, Michael Driedger, R. Gerald Hobbs, Joy Kammerling, Thomas Kaufmann, Hans-Martin Kirn, Christopher Ocker, Erika Rummel, Petra Schöner, Timothy J. Wengert, and Edith Wenzel.

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Dean Philip Bell, Ph.D. (1995), University of California, Berkeley, is Dean/CAO of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. His research focuses on late medieval and early modern Germany and he is author of Sacred Communities: Jewish and Christian Identities in Fifteenth-Century Germany (Brill, 2001). Stephen G. Burnett, Ph.D. (1990), University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, and of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of From Christian Hebraism to Jewish Studies: Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629) and Hebrew Learning in the Seventeenth-Century (Brill, 1996), and numerous articles on Christian Hebraism and Jewish printing in the early modern period.
"[...] [T]he essays are [...] of high quality. [...] [T]he useful surveys and the new insights in this book will help to ensure that sixteenth-century German Jews are part of the story of early modern Jewish society and culture." Adam Shear, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Summer 2008), pp. 187-190 'The book presents the familiar and much-studied topic of the Reformation in sixteenth-century Germany in a new way, by interweaving Jews into the narratives of the various 'Reformations'. [...] It will be a standard work for anyone engaged in these fields for many decades to come." Magda Teter, H-HRE, H-Net Reviews, April, 2008 “The volume encapsulates the field’s current state, bringing much material into English for the first time. […] [T]his volume [is] desirable for libraries.” Susan R. Boettcher, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 2 (Summer 2007), pp. 615-616 "It is a collaborative effort under the valiant leadership of two outstanding Reformation historians who have indeed assembled an impressive cohort of scholars as contributors to this vast enterprise. [...] [F]irst-rate scholarship." Albrecht Classen, Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Winter 2007), pp. 1094-1095
Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Shortened Titles Contributors Introduction, Dean Phillip Bell & Stephen G. Burnett PART I. ROAD TO REFORMATION 1. Humanists, Jews, and Judaism, Erika Rummel 2. German Theologians and the Jews in the Fifteenth Century, Christopher Ocker PART II. REFORMERS AND THE JEWS 3. Luther and the Jews, Thomas Kaufmann 4. Philip Melanchthon and the Jews: A Reappraisal, Timothy J. Wengert 5. Bucer, the Jews, and Judaism, R. Gerald Hobbs 6. Ulrich Zwingli, the Jews, and Judaism, Hans-Martin Kirn 7. Calvin, the Jews, and Judaism, Achim Detmers 8. Andreas Osiander, the Jews, and Judaism, Joy Kammerling 9. The Catholic Reform, Jews, and Judaism in Sixteenth-Century Germany, Robert Bireley 10. The Intensification of Religious Commitment: Jews, Anabaptists, Radical Reform, and Confessionalization, Michael Driedger PART III. REPRESENTATIONS OF JEWS AND JUDAISM 11. Anthonius Margaritha on the “Whole Jewish Faith:” A Sixteenth-Century Convert from Judaism and his Depiction of the Jewish Religion, Maria Diemling 12. Von der Juden Ceremonien: Representations of Jews in Sixteenth-Century Germany, Yaacov Deutsch 13. Visual Representations of Jews and Judaism in Sixteenth-Century Germany, Petra Schöner 14. The Representation of Jews and Judaism in Sixteenth-Century German Literature, Edith Wenzel PART IV. JEWS, JUDAISM, AND JEWISH RESPONSES TO THE REFORMATION 15. Jewish Settlement, Politics, and the Reformation, Dean Phillip Bell 16. Jewish Responses to Christianity in Reformation Germany, Elisheva Carlebach 17. Jewish Law and Ritual in Early Modern Germany, Jay Berkovitz 18. German Jewish Printing in the Reformation Era (1530–1633), Stephen G. Burnett Select Bibliography Index of Subjects Index of Persons Index of Biblical Passages Cited
Anyone interested in the history and thought of the German Reformation, late medieval and early modern Jewish history, Jewish and Christian relations, and the representation of the “Other.”