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.
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!