Respect for the Jews

Collected Works, Volume 4

Edited by Franz Posset

Foreword by Yaacov Deutsch

Respect for the Jews

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  • ISBN: 9781532670909
  • Pages: 310
  • Publication Date: 9/30/2019
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Respect for the Jews

Collected Works, Volume 4

Edited by Franz Posset

Foreword by Yaacov Deutsch

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  • ISBN: 9781532670909
  • Pages: 310
  • Publication Date: 9/30/2019
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
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Eight different historical-theological studies are assembled here under the title Respect for the Jews. They focus primarily on positive Catholic attitudes toward Jews during the turbulent years of the first half of the sixteenth century. The number of authors and texts are relatively small, but need to be brought out into the open. For the first time, a speech in praise of the language of the Jews by the early ecumenist, Georg Witzel (1501–1573), is made available in English. Other Catholic Hebraists who are featured include Johann Reuchlin (1455–1522), Matthaeus Adrianus (ca. 1470–1521), Robert Wakefield (died 1537), and Nicolaus Winmann (ca. 1500–1550). Their brilliant works are presented in front of the sinister backdrop of the vicious attacks against the Jews by the well-educated Catholic convert of Jewish descent, Johann Pfefferkorn (ca. 1469–1521), a self-appointed Catholic missionary to the Jews, and also against the background of the scandalous outbursts of the Grobian Reformer, Martin Luther (1483–1546).

Volume 4 of the author’s Collected Works fosters the idea that Jews and Christians are “study partners,” rather than antagonists—as visualized in the new statue “Synagogue and Church in Our Time” (as shown on the cover).

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Another brilliant piece of subtle interpretations on a very hot topic in interreligious dialogue: Christian anti-Judaism and its tendency toward anti-Semitism. The well-known Catholic theologian and historian Franz Posset encounters source material from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries which, although known to researchers, has not been investigated as intensively as presented in the book. A must for theologians, historians, and everyone who engages in the Christian-Jewish dialogue in favor of a respectful debate without neglecting the long history of disrespect and repression. The overall thesis that Jews and Christians are ‘study partners’ rather than antagonists is highly valuable in current discussion.”

—Markus Wriedt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany



“This new volume gathers the insights of the Catholic educators who honored the spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. Dr. Posset shares a rich harvest from his profound commitment to Renaissance scholarship!”

—Lawrence E. Frizzell, Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University

Contributors-

Franz Posset
Yaacov Deutsch

Bio(s)-

Franz Posset is a German-American independent church historian and lay theologian in the Catholic Church. He is an internationally recognized ecumenist, specializing in the history and theology of the Renaissance and early Lutheran Reformation.



Franz was born in 1945 in Glöckelberg in the Bohemian Forest (Sudetenland), and between 1965 and 1970, he was a student of Hans Küng, Josef Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI emeritus), and Walter Kasper (Cardinal). He earned a diploma in Catholic theology at the University of Tübingen, and received a PhD in religious studies, with his dissertation directed by the late Kenneth Hagen at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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