Hartford Seminary

Luther, the Jews and the Turks: The Reformation in its Interreligious Contexts (HI-653)

This course will examine the 16th century Western Protestant Reformation in the context of the relations between a dominant Latin Christian culture with Jewish communities and the inter-imperial politics of European Christian kingdoms with the Ottoman Empire. Martin Luther’s life and theology will be assessed within the context of a dramatically changing Europe during the early modern period. Special attention will be given to Martin Luther’s acerbic views on the Jews and the Turks in light of previous Latin Christian adversus Judaeos and bello adversus Turcas literature. The goal of the course will be to explore how Christians have responded to Luther’s views, with a vision toward developing foundations for respectful contemporary interreligious relations.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


David D. Grafton


Fall 2017

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