The book also features an innovative analysis of Luther’s virulent anti-Semitism in the context and aftermath of the Reuchlin Affair. Johannes Reuchlin. REUCHLIN, JOHANNES° (Capnio, or Phorcensis; –), German and Hebraist; one of the architects of the Christian *Kabbalah and famous as the. A re-examination of the case of Johann Reuchlin, one of the best-known controversies of the 16th century.

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Reuchlin returned from Rome laden with Hebrew books.

Johann Reuchlin – Wikipedia

Reuchlin’s enemies, however, attacked him with even greater savagery, finally securing a papal condemnation rehchlin his position in De rudimentis hebraicis and De accentibus et orthographia linguae hebraicae By the spring he was in bad health and died June 30, Having studied both biblical Greek and Hebrew, he could no longer endorse the authority of the Vulgate Latin version which had become standard.

Keep Exploring Britannica Karl Marx. Search my Jhann Specializations: His stand against Pfefferkorn made him a hero not only to Jewsbut also to all of those who stand for freedom of inquiry and religious liberty. Reuchlin’s Hebrew studies had more than a mere philological interest for him.

Christian Kabbalah Reuchlinian pronunciation. He wrote that “The causes which hinder the Jews from becoming Christians are three: In he was for a short time enrolled in the University of Freiburg.

For his long-term profession, however, his choice fell on law. This particular episode was more in the tradition of the Italian than of the German Renaissance.

During two trips to Italy and he became acquainted with the Platonic Academy at Florence and the chief Italian philologians, he himself exciting wonder through his great philological knowledge. On a mission to the imperial court at Linzhe continued his study of Hebrew. Joyann Cornelius AgrippaPhilip Melanchthon. He was able to deflect the accusations for a time and returned to teaching before succumbing to illness in his late 60s. He studied at the universities of Freiburg, Paris, and Basel At Heidelberg he wrote two Latin comedies, Henno and Sergius.


Johann Reuchlin

Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical reuchhlin and inappropriate ads. The humanists sided with Reuchlin, while the clerical scholars, especially at the universities of Louvain, CologneErfurt, Mayence, and Paristook the part of the Dominicans. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: With the Inquisition now mobilized, the universities all turned against Reuchlin, and byformal proceedings had begun against him at Mainz before the grand inquisitor.

He was seeking ancient wisdom and thought he had found it in Jewish ca bala, which inspired his De verbo mirifico and De arte cabalistica Civil War American History: But for this also Reuchlin found help by printing the Penitential Psalms with grammatical explanationsand other helps followed from time to time.

Wiederkehr seines Geburtstages Pforzheim About this time, Reuchlin appears to have married, but little is known of his married life, and he left no children.

However, his enemies persisted, and Reuchlin had to face charges from the Inquisition. He gained his master’s degree inafter which he began to lecture with considerable success, teaching a more classical Latin than was then common in German schools, and explaining Aristotle in Greek. Although the decision was set aside, Reuchlin had been vindicated, and soon the intellectual world would be distracted by the advent of the Protestant Reformation.

Johannes Reuchlin

Consulted by the emperor, Reuchlin argued that such a measure would be both unjust and disastrous for Christian scholarship. Pfefferkorn published his Handspiegel attacking Reuchlin inwho answered it with his Augenspiegel in the same year.

The Letters of Obscure Men caused a furor: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Contents 1 Biography 1.

Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. Reuchlin called the humanists to his support see humanism, christian. Pfefferkorn published in his “Handspiegel,” attacking Reuchlin, who answered it with his “Augenspiegel” Pforzheim, Although Reuchlin by no means believed that Jewish literature did not contain errors dangerous to Christians, his spirited defense of Hebrew and of the Jews remains one of the earliest modern Christian attacks on anti-Semitism.


This article was transcribed for New Advent by Jan Pendergrass. Reuchlin evaded the reuculin, mainly because the mandate lacked certain formalities, but he could no long remain neutral. His fine voice gained him a place in the household of Charles I, Joohann of Baden.

Reuchlin thus left Stuttgart in February for Florence and Rome. Reuchlin began his Latin studies in the monastery school where his father worked. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The matter was brought before the Lateran Council at its session ofwhich decided in favor of Reuchlin.

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These two works, though tending toward a potentially dangerous syncretism, aimed to demonstrate the truth of Christianity with the aid of Cabala. Rines, George Edwin, ed. Pfefferkorn circulated at the Frankfurt Fair of a gross libel Handspiegel wider und gegen die Juden declaring that Reuchlin had been bribed. He became the first man in the Western world of his era to teach both the original languages of the Bible, as well as immersing himself in both Greek and Hebrew literature.

A Jewish convert in the service of the Dominicans, Pfefferkorn advocated the seizure jhoann key Jewish books such as the Talmud and the Zoharas being anti-Christian and a stumbling blocks to Jewish conversion.