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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books$
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David Price

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394214.001.0001

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2. Humanist Origins

2. Humanist Origins

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(p.13) 2. Humanist Origins
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Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books
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David H. Price (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394214.003.0002

Not the study of antiquity in isolation but the ideal of a seamless unity of classicism and Christianity is what made Johannes Reuchlin's humanist perspective compelling to the scholars and students of his time. Although well-known as the founder of Christian Hebrew studies, Reuchlin also emerges as a harbinger of the recovery of Greek language, literature, early Christian writings, and biblical philology. This chapter defines Renaissance humanism (the studia humanitatis) and traces Reuchlin's contributions to the movement, in particular, to the evolution of Christian humanism. His contributions to early printing and the career of Philipp Melanchthon are also assessed.

Keywords:   biblical philology, Christian humanism, Renaissance humanism, Greek language, Philipp Melanchthon, printing, Johannes Reuchlin, studia humanitatis

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