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Luther and the Jews Putting right the dark side of Luther’s legacy Richard S. Harvey

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ISBN:
9780857215727
Published:
19 May 2017
Format:
Paperback
Dimensions:
224 pages: 130 x 198
Monarch Books
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In 1517 a young monk, Martin Luther, nailed 95 Theses to the door of a church, challenging the accepted teachings and practice of the Catholic Church, and sparked a religious revolt, with a radical restatement of Christianity. Luther was a man of vision, and courage. He was however also profoundly anti-Semitic, and his sermons and comments against the Jews were reprinted by Adolf Hitler, in support of his policy of exterminating Jews. With the 500th anniversary in prospect, it is time to examine what the dark side of the Lutheran legacy; what he said, the impact it had, and what Catholics, Protestants and Jews alike can now do to heal the divisions he fostered so terribly. After reviewing Luther's words and deeds, Richard considers their ongoing impact, before debating what needs to be done to heal the wounds of the past. What would reconciliation really look like?
Reconciling Luther's reforming legacy as it is celebrated in 2017 with his anti-Semitism.
A senior researcher with Jews for Jesus, Richard was previously Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College and UK Director of Jews for Jesus.

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