Luther and the Jews – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin

We are delighted to welcome the german Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen at Beit Ben-Yehuda. Together with him – a protestant theologian and professor for church history – we will travel in time and talk about one of Leppins most distinct research focuses:

“Luther and the Jews – medieval background and reformation theology”

Luther is well or badly known for his attitude towards the Jews. In his last years, he wrote several polemic cruel treatises against Jews. In them, he called for a total destruction of Jewish religious life in Germany – which later on again and again was used as legitimation for anti-Jewish measures. Some scholars like to understand Luther’s anti-Jewish polemics as remains of his medieval education. To a certain degree, indeed, this is true. But to another part, one can see that Luther is thinking here absolutely on the lines of his theology of justification which was in the core of his reformation theology. The presentation will show both medieval background and reformation theology in Luther’s Anti-Judaism.

Date: 31.01.2018

7:30pm – We will have a short Tu biSchevat
8:15pm – Start of the Lecture

The Lecture will be held in english.

We’re looking forward to see you!

One thought on “Luther and the Jews – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin

  1. Evan Jackson 23 Jan 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I’ll be nowhere nearby when this is held, but it is certainly interesting. It makes me think of something though…

    I’ve often said that we should be much more interested in information than we are in the people who create it. A great person can create tons of great information in his life, but he will also certainly come up with something bad. When we focus on a (not divinely inspired) person and reference him as an authoritative source of information, there’s always a chance that he’ll lead us astray.


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