THE FELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY LECTURE
“The Renaissance Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books” Presented as an Orientation for the Klau Library's exhibition
Miracle within a Miracle:
Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy
Professor David H. Price
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 3 pm
Mezzanine Conference Room of the
Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Library Pavilion
The exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Johannes Reuchlin’s Augenspiegel or Eye Glasses, a recommendation written in response to an imperial mandate to destroy all Jewish books. Reuchlin’s impassioned and ultimately successful defense of Jewish writings and legal rights represents a stunning intervention by a Christian scholar later acknowledged by a Jewish leader as a “miracle within a miracle.“
Through rare imprints from the pamphlet wars surrounding the Jewish Book Controversy, the exhibit explores anti-Semitism in the age of printing, early Christian Hebrew studies, the sixteenth century campaign to destroy Jewish books, and Reuchlin’s defense of Jewish books, traditions, and civil rights.
Professor David H. Price is Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books (Oxford University Press, 2011).