The Protestant Reformers and the Jews: Excavating Contexts, Unearthing Logic
AbstractThis article highlights the important initial tasks of excavating the pertinent contexts of the sixteenth-century Protestant reformers and discerning what is at stake for them (i.e., “unearthing logic”) in order to analyze their views of and teachings about Jews and Judaism. Pertinent contexts include the immediate contexts to which Luther and Calvin responded (e.g., Jewish “blasphemy” and/or Christian Hebraism), as well as attending to the significant theological frameworks in which they each operated. Equally important is activity of sifting through the discrepancies in the secondary literature’s depictions of Luther and Calvin’s place in the history of Christian-Jewish relations. The article highlights biblical interpretation—particularly the defense of Scripture’s perspicuity—as the distinctive locus of the reformers’ angst concerning Jews and Judaism. In conclusion, the author offers some lessons from church history for discerning what Christian faithfulness might look like in response to this troubling history. View Full-Text
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Pak, G.S. The Protestant Reformers and the Jews: Excavating Contexts, Unearthing Logic. Religions 2017, 8, 72.
Pak GS. The Protestant Reformers and the Jews: Excavating Contexts, Unearthing Logic. Religions. 2017; 8(4):72.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pak, G. S. 2017. "The Protestant Reformers and the Jews: Excavating Contexts, Unearthing Logic." Religions 8, no. 4: 72.