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Beyond ExpulsionJews, Christians, and Reformation Strasbourg$
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Debra Kaplan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774420

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774420.001.0001

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“As Is Also Apparent in the Old Chronicles and History Books”

“As Is Also Apparent in the Old Chronicles and History Books”

Magisterial Laws, Confession Building, and Reformation-Era Tolerance

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(p.93) Five “As Is Also Apparent in the Old Chronicles and History Books”
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Beyond Expulsion
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774420.003.0006

In Strasbourg, magistrates designed their policy toward Jews on the basis of local economic needs, as well as that of social order and religious propriety. While economic needs encouraged a Jewish presence, consideration of social order and religious propriety required the exclusion of Jews. The magistrates of Strasbourg tried to strike a delicate balance between these factors, and, between 1530 and 1648, issued eleven laws banning Jewish commerce in the city. During the 1540s, conflicts between Catholics and Protestants gave rise to multiple confessions with legal rights to worship in Strasbourg. An orthodox Lutheran confession was adopted in 1598. This chapter discusses magisterial laws and policy for the Jews in Strasbourg from 1530 to 1570 and from 1570 to 1648. It also examines censorship and magisterial attitudes toward the printing of texts promoting anti-Semitism, Reformation in Strasbourg, and the magistrates' tolerance toward both non-Lutheran Christians and Jews.

Keywords:   Strasbourg, Jews, magistrates, laws, confession, tolerance, anti-Semitism, Reformation, censorship, Christians

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