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Reformation of FeelingShaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany$
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Susan Karant-Nunn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399738.001.0001

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Condemnation of the Jews

Condemnation of the Jews

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(p.133) 4 Condemnation of the Jews
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Reformation of Feeling
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Susan C. Karant-Nunn (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399738.003.0004

This chapter focuses on anti-Jewish messages in Passion sermons. It shows that conventions of anti-Semitic utterance in preaching on the Crucifixion did not soften with the coming of the Reformation. Post-Reformation Catholic preachers continued to tap them with full enthusiasm, and Lutheran and Reformed clergy all drew upon them. However, in the basic dimension of the derogation of the Jews, differences are evident among the three leading denominations. Catholic divines treated the Jews rhetorically as the perpetrators of the most ferocious torture upon Jesus. Lutheran pastors retained the conviction that the Jews were indeed the authors of the gravest offenses against Christ. These remain most assuredly physical, even though the tendency within the evangelical movement is to damp down not just the length of Passion preaching—which itself would curtail elaboration—but also the sensual horror of the Crucifixion. John Calvin and his Reformed followers rendered the Jews' culpability yet more abstract. They adhered to it faithfully, but they turned the figure of the treacherous Jewish mob into a metaphor for their verminously sinful human charges, including themselves.

Keywords:   Catholics, Jews, anti-Semitism, sermons, preaching, Catholicism, Lutheranism, John Calvin

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