Luther & the Jews

Date: 9 November 2017

Venue: Stadscampus - Hof van Liere - Frederik de Tassiszaal - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: UCSIA, IJS

Short description: Lecture by Thomas Kaufmann, professor of church history at the University of Göttingen, on the occasion of 500 years Reformation

Luther | 500 Years Reformation

Lecture I - Luther & the Jews
in collaboration with the Institute for Jewish Studies, UA

Thomas Kaufmann, professor of church history, University of Göttingen
Respondent: Theo Dunkelgrün, historian, senior research associate at the University of Cambridge and affiliated researcher at the Institute for Jewish Studies

Luther's Jews - A Journey into Anti-Semitism

If there was one person who could be said to light the touch-paper for the epochal transformation of European religion and culture that we now call the Reformation, it was Martin Luther.

In all senses of the term, this religious pioneer was a huge figure in European history. Yet there is also the very uncomfortable but at the same time undeniable fact that he was an anti-semite.

In his bestseller ‘Luthers Juden’ (Reklam, Philipp Jun, 2014), Thomas Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Reformation, tells the vexed and sometimes shocking story of Martin Luther's increasingly vitriolic attitude towards the Jews over the course of his lifetime, set against the backdrop of a world in religious turmoil. He reflects on the extent to which the legacy of Luther's anti-semitism was to taint the Lutheran church over the following centuries.

Thomas KAUFMANN is professor of church history at the University of Göttingen. His research focuses on the church history of the Reformation and early modern period. At the centre of his work are the theological, educational and social history of Protestantism and the cultural and political effects of the Reformation in the confessional age and in more modern times, which are analysed in a European context.

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