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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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“I Listened to the Account of a Jew”

“I Listened to the Account of a Jew”

Christian Hebraism in Strasbourg

(p.119) Six “I Listened to the Account of a Jew”
Beyond Expulsion
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The sight of Jews in the streets of Strasbourg was common during the first half of the sixteenth century, in part because of the contract that they had developed with the magistrates. In addition to interacting with Christians for economic reasons, local Jews also served as resources of Hebrew and Judaic knowledge to Strasbourg's elite, particularly theologians and professors. They also played a role in the rise of Christian Hebraism in the city during the Reformation. From the latter half of the sixteenth century, Christian leaders in Strasbourg deliberately solidified the boundaries between the communities as they shifted to Lutheran orthodoxy. This chapter examines the emergence of Christian Hebraism in Strasbourg during the early sixteenth century and the tradition of Hebraica Veritas prior to Reformation.

Keywords:   Jews, Reformation, Christians, Strasbourg, Hebraica Veritas, Lutheran orthodoxy, Christian Hebraism, elite

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