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

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A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin DESCRIPTION: When wealthy Jewish industrialist David Friedländer 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, Friedländer, Protestant leader Wilhelm Abraham Teller, and young Christian theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher debate Friedländer'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 Friedländer made his passionate appeal for political liberty and human rights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207196
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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 Jews 32
Open letter to his most worthy, Supreme Consistorial Counselor and Provost Teller at Berlin, from some householders of the Jewish religion 41
Two Protestant Christian responses (July, 1799) 79
Letters on the occasion of the political-theological task and the open letter of Jewish householders 80
First letter 81
Second letter 89
Third letter 94
Fourth letter 101
Fifth letter 107
Sixth letter 110
Response to the open letter to me, Provost Teller, from some householders of the Jewish religion 113
A postscript : contemporary parallels and permutations 145
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