Jewish-Christian Relations in Eighteenth-Century Germany:
Textual Studies on German Archival Holdings, 1729-1742
For centuries, the Jewish population of Europe has been subjected to dehumanization. Studies of European history, culture, and religion often assume that anti-Semitism is a specifically Christian phenomenon. This study sketches the historical background of anti-Semitism and extensively examines publications of the Institutum Judaicum in Halle as well as other pertinent archival materials, endeavoring to delineate some of the key people – particularly Johann Heinrich Callenberg – and how they contributed to rehumanizing the Jews.
“In this book, Dr. Dowdey illustrates how Callenberg, his co-workers, and the affiliated clergymen encountered the Jewish man and woman in eighteenth-century Germany. It was with dignity and respect. In other times before and after Callenberg, the Jews have not enjoyed such honorable and unprejudiced communication. The author also describes these times and the reader learns about the inadequate perceptions Jews unjustly received.” – Michael Hansel, M.Div., The Master's Seminary, California
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ISBN10: 0-7734-5912-X ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5912-0