The German Christian Scholar Who Helped Save Judaism in Germany

September 13, 2022 | David Price
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A leading German jurist and humanist, Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522) was one of the first European Christians to gain not only thorough knowledge of Hebrew, but also of Jewish religious texts. Reuchlin studied with the renowned Italian rabbi Obadiah Sforno and paved the way for future Christian Hebraists. A philo-Semite, Reuchlin would defend the Jews against the libels of the apostate Hebraist Johannes Pfefferkorn, and later played a role in dissuading the Holy Roman Empire from destroying Jewish books wholesale. David Price discusses Reuchlin’s remarkable career with Ari Lamm. (Audio, 63 minutes.)

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