A Debate on Jewish Emanicipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin / Edition 1

A Debate on Jewish Emanicipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin / Edition 1

by David Friedländer, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Abraham Teller, Julie Klassen
     
 

When wealthy Jewish industrialist David Friedl nder proposed in 1799 that Berlin's Jews undergo a sham conversion to Christianity in return for full German citizenship, he touched off a political and theological debate that would continue to define the relation between Jewish and German identity for more than a century. In the series of provocative letters

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When wealthy Jewish industrialist David Friedl nder proposed in 1799 that Berlin's Jews undergo a sham conversion to Christianity in return for full German citizenship, he touched off a political and theological debate that would continue to define the relation between Jewish and German identity for more than a century. In the series of provocative letters collected here, Friedl nder, Protestant leader Wilhelm Abraham Teller, and young Christian theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher debate Friedl nder's radical proposal. In so doing, they grapple with many of the thorny problems-such as citizenship, religious tolerance, and assimilation-that continue to vex world political leaders today. Richard Crouter's Introduction provides the cultural, religious, and historical context for this compelling exchange; a postscript by Julie Klassen reveals the ways in which Germany's minorities continue to be marginalized more than two hundred years after Friedl nder made his passionate appeal for political liberty and human rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872207196
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Two Judaic voices (March and April, 1799)31
Political-theological task concerning the treatment of baptized Jews32
Open letter to his most worthy, Supreme Consistorial Counselor and Provost Teller at Berlin, from some householders of the Jewish religion41
Two Protestant Christian responses (July, 1799)79
Letters on the occasion of the political-theological task and the open letter of Jewish householders80
First letter81
Second letter89
Third letter94
Fourth letter101
Fifth letter107
Sixth letter110
Response to the open letter to me, Provost Teller, from some householders of the Jewish religion113
A postscript : contemporary parallels and permutations145

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