Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy


Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy

Participating Institutions & Resources

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the principal repository for early manuscripts, rare books, and literary manuscripts in the broad fields of literature, history, art, theology, technology, theater, and the natural sciences. Established in 1936 from the collections of two professors, Harris Fletcher and Thomas Baldwin, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to nearly half a million volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular strengths lie in early printing and the Elizabethan and Stuart periods in England, with works by Shakespeare and other playwrights, various important editions of the Bible, and renaissance school books standing out as distinctive and deep collections. The Library is renowned for its outstanding collections of incunabula, emblem books, and continental renaissance imprints. Also noteworthy are the collections in the history of science and technology, theater history, American wit and humor, the history of economics, free speech movements, and natural history. Literary papers of such notable figures as Benjamin Disraeli, Anthony Trollope, William Allingham, Marcel Proust, John Richardson, Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, Shana Alexander, and W.S. Merwin are housed in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Institut für Stadtgeschichte

Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main
http://www.stadtgeschichte-ffm.de/

The library of the Institut für Stadtgeschichte (formerly the Stadtarchiv / municipal archives) is a specialist academic library concentrating on the city of Frankfurt am Main. The library collects all manner of literature and publications relating to the history of Frankfurt, including grey literature in the form of brochures and the records of the city's associations and clubs.

The holdings include printed source material on German history, reference works and above all literature on specific topics such as election and coronation, the National Assembly of 1848 and Nazism. The library currently holds some 55,000 volumes and 140 subscribed periodicals. Standard works and works of reference are available in the reading room, which also has computers for accessing the catalogues of the museum libraries and the archives.

The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

http://huc.edu/libraries/CN/

The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Library, Cincinnati, functions both as a campus library and as the main research library within the HUC-JIR Library system. Guided by the Mission Statement of the HUC-JIR Library system, the Cincinnati Library acquires, preserves and provides access to materials in printed, manuscript and other formats, supporting the teaching functions of the Rabbinic and Graduate programs and meeting the research needs of its various users: the faculty, students and staff of HUC-JIR Cincinnati; the residents of the Cincinnati metropolitan area; and the broader Judaic academic and general community both in the United States and abroad. As the main research library in the system, the Cincinnati Library provides both its depth of resources and various library services to the other HUC-JIR libraries.

The Jewish Museum of Frankfurt

http://juedischesmuseum.de/

The Jewish Museum of the city of Frankfurt and its branch Museum Judengasse at Börneplatz are representing the historical development as well as the social and religious life of the Jewish communities in Frankfurt between the 12th and the 20th century. The changing relationship of Jews in Germany with their social environment is described here exemplarily on a local background. Temporary exhibitions in both branches complement the permanent exhibitions.

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Reuchlin und der "Judenbücherstreit"
Alemannisches Institut, Arbeitsgruppe Tübingen in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Studium Generale der Universität Tübingen

Vor 500 Jahren, im September 1511, wurde in der Tübinger Offizin von Thomas Anshelm ein bemerkenswertes Buch gedruckt: der "Augenspiegel". Verfasser dieses überwiegend in deutscher Sprache verfaßten Werkes von knapp einhundert Seiten war Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522), Humanist, Diplomat und Jurist. Seine Beziehungen zu Tübingen sind vielfältig: So wirkte er hier nicht nur als Professor, Ratgeber Eberhards im Bart, sondern auch als hochdotierter Richter des Schwäbischen Bundes mit Sitz im Rathaus. Der "Augenspiegel" entfachte bald eine heftige Kontroverse, bekannt unter dem Namen "Judenbücherstreit", die schließlich 1520 mit der Verurteilung Reuchlins durch den Papst endete. Reuchlin hatte sich gegen die Verbrennung jüdischer Bücher und zugunsten der Wahrung des geistigen und physischen Lebensraumes der Juden ausgesprochen.

3.11.2011. Reuchlin und Tübingen. Prof. Dr. Sönke Lorenz, Alemannisches Institut.

17.11.2011.Reuchlin und der Judenbücherstreit. Prof. Dr. David H. Price, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Religious Studies, History, and Jewish Studies.

1.12.2011. Das Bild vom Juden im Deutschland des frühen 16. Jahrhunderts. Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Kirn, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Utrecht.

15.12.2011. Reuchlin und die Anfänge der christlichen Kabbala. Dr. Saverio Campanini, CNRS, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes Paris.

12.01.2012. Reuchlin im Gefüge des Renaissance-Humanismus. Dr. Matthias Dall'Asta, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Melanchthon-Forschungsstelle.

26.01.2012. Reuchlin als Jurist. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schild, Universität Bielefeld, Juristische Fakultät.

9.02.2012. Von Reuchlin lernen: Zum Dialog zwischen den Religionen. Prof. Dr. Hans-Rüdiger Schwab, Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen, Abt. Münster.

Organisation und Leitung: Prof. Dr. Sönke Lorenz.

The Johannes Reuchlin Museum

http://www.pforzheim.de/kultur-bildung/museen/museum-johannes-reuchlin.html

Address
Museum Johannes Reuchlin
Evangelical Castle and Collegiate Church of St. Michael
Schlossberg 14
75175 Pforzheim
Tel 07231-392113
E-mail: kult@stadt-pforzheim.de