The book also features an innovative analysis of Luther’s virulent anti-Semitism in the context and aftermath of the Reuchlin Affair. Johannes Reuchlin. REUCHLIN, JOHANNES° (Capnio, or Phorcensis; –), German and Hebraist; one of the architects of the Christian *Kabbalah and famous as the. A re-examination of the case of Johann Reuchlin, one of the best-known controversies of the 16th century.

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End Matter Notes Bibliography Index. Despite his difficulties with the theologians, Reuchlin was consistently obedient to Rome and cool toward Luther and toward his own nephew melanchthon. At Heidelberg Reuchlin had many private pupils, among whom Franz von Sickingen is the best known name.

InReuchlin was drawn into a bitter controversy with the Jewish-Dominican convert Johannes Pfefferkornwho had convinced the emperor to confiscate and burn copies of the Talmud and other Jewish books.

Johann Reuchlin

Reuchlin had revolutionized the Christian study of the Bible with his Hebrew grammarand, on 6 Octoberpublished an impassioned defense of Jewish writings and Jewish legal rights against the confiscation mandate and the campaign’s anti-Jewish propaganda.

German humanist; born Feb. This article was transcribed for Rwuchlin Advent by Jan Pendergrass. From November of this year to the spring ofthe veteran statesman sought refuge in the Jkhann of Ingolstadt where he received an appointment as professor from William of Bavaria. In he published a Latin dictionary, and later he made translations from Greek. From that time he became an ardent student of Hebrew, having for a second teacher Obadiah of Johamn, during his third stay in Rome Thank You for Your Contribution!


He divided the Jewish literature into various classes, arriving at the conclusion that the Talmudthe Zoharand the commentaries of RashiKimhi, Ibn Ezra, GersonidesNachmanides, and others should be preserved. Ostensibly serious letters from monks supporting the persecution of Reuchlin, the collection was in fact a eeuchlin satire on Reuchlin’s opponents.

Largely as a result of Reuchlin’s arguments, the emperor rescinded his edict of destruction on May 23, Heinrich Cornelius AgrippaPhilip Melanchthon. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. He was able to deflect the accusations for a time and returned to teaching before succumbing to illness in his late 60s.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. In his “De accentibus et orthographia linguae hebraicae”he treats in detail the word-accent, and more briefly the rhetorical accent and musical emphasis.

He was eventually drawn into a major controversy over the suppression of Jewish books, winning lasting fame for his defense or religious toleration in the face of the Inquisition. In Heidelberg he wrote his two witty and successful Latin comedies, “Sergius” and “Henno”.

No party could survive the ridicule that was reuuchlin on Reuchlin’s opponents by this document. He argued that these writings contained important historical information for Christians as well as Jews, and also that they were useful for theology and science.

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Search my Subject Specializations: The book also features an innovative analysis of Luther’s virulent anti-Semitism in the context and aftermath of the Reuchlin Affair. Consulted by the emperor, Reuchlin argued that such a measure would be both unjust and disastrous for Christian scholarship.


Reuchlin defended himself in a pamphlet reuxhlin Augenspiegelwhich the theologians at the University of Cologne attempted to suppress. Through Dalberg, Reuchlin came into contact with Philip, Count Palatine of the Rhinewho employed him to direct the studies of his sons, and in gave him the mission to Rome which has been already noticed as fruitful for Reuchlin’s progress in Hebrew.

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Reuchlin’s Hebrew studies had more than a mere philological interest for him. More This book reconstructs the history of a major crisis in Christian—Jewish relations: Ina commission met in Frankfurt to investigate the case.

The journey lasted only a few months, but it brought Reuchlin into contact with several learned Italians, especially in Florence. German humanist, Hebrew scholar; b. Next Johann Sebastian Bach. Keep Exploring Britannica Karl Marx. A Jewish convert in the service of the Dominicans, Pfefferkorn advocated the seizure of key Jewish books such as the Talmud and the Zoharas being anti-Christian and a stumbling blocks to Jewish conversion. Despite his friendship with his Jewish teachers and a few other Jews, he initially shared the prejudices of his age and social class.