MARKISH, SHIMON; COHEN, ARTHUR A. (AFTERWORD).
Title Erasmus And The Jews.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.
Publisher The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: 1986.
0226505901 / 9780226505909
Seller ID 30217X2
Erasmus of Rotterdam was the greatest Christian humanist scholar of the Northern European Renaissance, a correspondent of Sir Thomas More and many other leraned men of his time, known to his contemporaries and to posterityfor the sublety of his thought and depth of learning. He was also, according to some modern writers, an anti-Semite. In this complete analysis of all of Erasmus' writings on Jews and Judaism, Shimon Markish asserts that the accusation cannot be sustained. For Markish, to ask whether Erasmus was a friend or enemy of the Jews is to ask a modern question of a sixteenth-century man, whose attitude can best be called "asemitism." Erasmus' chief preoccupation was with the future of "the true philosophy of Christ"; he had little interest in the Jewish community of his own time. Erasmus and the Jews discusses Erasmus' critique of Mosaic law and his view of the conflict between "Judaism" as legalistic morality and Jesus' teaching; his judgment on the Pharisees of Jesus' time; his emphasis on the importance of the study of Hebrew; and his opinions of sixteenth-century Jews. Translated into English from the unpublished manuscript by Anthony Olcott. Includes an Index.
(Key Words: Erasmus, Anti-Semitism, Shimon Markish, Jews, Jesus, Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, Anthony Olcott, Judaism, Mosaic Law, Religion, Christianity, St. Augustine).