Luther on the jews and their lies

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The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

Some people should not be allowed to even read the bible, and he is one of them.

This is actually a review in progress. I am beginning to believe that the Jesus in the Bible was not as peace loving as claimed. How could he have sat there and condemned all of the Sadducees and the Pharisees? That would be like claioming that all people of a certain group are bad. Is he then not responsible for how Christians began to view the Jewish nation? Would this make him and Martin Luther responsible in some ways for the Holocaust? It certainly makes Luther responsible. Why did the German’s hate the Jewish people,, was it because of the Bible’s teachings? I am like a dog on a bone now and won’t give up until I find these answers.

Well, I was right. Here is what I found so far. The New Testament has been the most dangerous anti-Semitic book in history, according to a growing number of Christian theologians, many of whom are calling for editorial exclusion of all anti-Jewish sections of the New Testament, particularly in Johns gospel. Especially, I might add, they were written by man, not by their God who has been claimed to have inspired the Bible, as if inspired meant that it was written by God.

And I wasn’t going to bring in the teaching that it was the Jews who killed Jesus that caused Christians to hate all Jews for 2,000. But hate in people run deep, just like the Hatfields and McCoys and just as ignorant.
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Luther and the Jews Part One

These fierce comments have puzzled and embarrassed Christians who otherwise admire the Reformer.
Martin Luther

Was Luther anti-Semitic?

These writings were, however, to a large extent also exegetical works. This change led to contradictory receptions of his statements on the topic in the course of history. All this is reflected in the research on the subject since the beginning of modern historical scholarship. Access to the complete content on Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. If you are a student or academic complete our librarian recommendation form to recommend the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to your librarians for an institutional free trial. Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

The expression of this anti-semitism, other than through expulsion, also took the form of anti-semitic portrayals such as the so-called 'Jews' Pig Judensau ' on the City Church in Wittenberg. Luther did not always show himself to be a hopelessly anti-semitic man. In his work "Jesus Christ was born a Jew" he makes reference to the origins of Christianity. He wanted to convert the Jews to the belief he found after years of searching. Luther wanted the Jews to recognize and confess the "true belief". Because the aging reformer did not see this 'return to the right path' during the following years, he turned bitter. Strong polemic works emerged at this point, like The Jews and their Lies.

Jump to navigation. When Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, he set in motion a revolution which transformed Christianity, Europe, and eventually the world. There is hope in this sad story because Lutherans and other Christians confronted their anti-Jewish past during the second half of the 20th century.
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Allies or Enemies?

There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity. Though not a stub by pure word count, this article lacks depth of content. He had had sympathy with the Jews for not converting to Catholicism , but when they didn't convert to his religion , well, the Jews must be of the devil , mustn't they?

Luther's attitude toward the Jews took different forms during his lifetime. In his earlier period, until or not much earlier, he wanted to convert Jews to Lutheranism Protestant Christianity , but failed. In his later period when he wrote this particular treatise, he denounced them and urged their persecution. In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, [2] afforded no legal protection, [3] and "these poisonous envenomed worms" should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time. The book may have had an impact on creating antisemitic Germanic thought through the middle ages. In the treatise, Martin Luther describes Jews in the sense of followers of Judaism as a "base, whoring people, that is, no people of God , and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth".

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  1. At the beginning of his career, Martin Luther was apparently sympathetic to Jewish resistance to the Catholic Church. However, he expected the Jews to convert.

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