Case Against Johann Reuchlin / Edition 1

Case Against Johann Reuchlin / Edition 1

by Erika Rummel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802084842

ISBN-13: 9780802084842

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The case of Johann Reuchlin, one of the best-known controversies of the 16th century, has been interpreted in many ways: as a case of anti-Semitism, a controversy between humanists and scholastics, or a case foreshadowing the Reformation debate. The last interpretation was facilitated by Luther himself, who repeatedly linked his case with that of the biblical

Overview

The case of Johann Reuchlin, one of the best-known controversies of the 16th century, has been interpreted in many ways: as a case of anti-Semitism, a controversy between humanists and scholastics, or a case foreshadowing the Reformation debate. The last interpretation was facilitated by Luther himself, who repeatedly linked his case with that of the biblical humanists Lefevre, Erasmus, and Reuchlin.

In this lively critical analysis, Erika Rummel describes how the second interpretation, which was promoted in the 19th century, was replaced after WWII by a new sensitivity toward the anti-Semitic elements of the affair. More recently, however, the favoured approach is a more nuanced interpretation, acknowledging that the controversy is informed by a combination of social and intellectual currents and reflects both anti-Semitism and academic strife. The section containing the analysis is followed by documents illustrating the case, some of them translated for the first time into English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802084842
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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