Jewish-Christian Relations in Eigthteenth-Century Germany

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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

“Dr. David Dowdey has illustrated the story of Christian love for the Jewish people with sensitivity and theological discernment. Any student of Jewish-Christian history will find this work a valuable addition to their understanding of the period that preceded the dawn of the modern mission era in Europe. I am personally grateful to Dr. Dowdey for his material on the life and ministry of Johann Heinrich Callenberg.” – Dr. Tuvya Zaretsky, Jews for Jesus, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

I. Backgrounds: Anti-Semitism as a Christian Phenomenon
II. Missions Among the Jews
III. Voices from German Christians on Jews
IV. A Hero of Christian Love Toward Jews: Evaluation of Johann Heinrich Callenberg’s Institutum Judaicum in Halle
V. Reconciliation Between Jews and Christians

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