What did martin luther say about the jews

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what did martin luther say about the jews

The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

Some people should not be allowed to even read the bible, and he is one of them.

This is actually a review in progress. I am beginning to believe that the Jesus in the Bible was not as peace loving as claimed. How could he have sat there and condemned all of the Sadducees and the Pharisees? That would be like claioming that all people of a certain group are bad. Is he then not responsible for how Christians began to view the Jewish nation? Would this make him and Martin Luther responsible in some ways for the Holocaust? It certainly makes Luther responsible. Why did the German’s hate the Jewish people,, was it because of the Bible’s teachings? I am like a dog on a bone now and won’t give up until I find these answers.

Well, I was right. Here is what I found so far. The New Testament has been the most dangerous anti-Semitic book in history, according to a growing number of Christian theologians, many of whom are calling for editorial exclusion of all anti-Jewish sections of the New Testament, particularly in Johns gospel. Especially, I might add, they were written by man, not by their God who has been claimed to have inspired the Bible, as if inspired meant that it was written by God.

And I wasn’t going to bring in the teaching that it was the Jews who killed Jesus that caused Christians to hate all Jews for 2,000. But hate in people run deep, just like the Hatfields and McCoys and just as ignorant.
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Was Luther Anti-Semitic?

The front of a September letter signed by Protestant reformer Martin Luther. The letter, penned in German, was to be up for auction through July 11, Luther became frustrated that Jews would not convert to his version of Christianity. Europe had a long history of mistreating Jews, said Christopher Boyd Brown, an associate professor of church history at Boston University. His criticism of Judaism was rooted in theological disagreement over the reading of shared Scriptures, not in racial animus. Luther denounced medieval Christian charges that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus and was a strong voice for nonviolent religious tolerance, Brown said. The letter, which includes a leather clamshell case, is likely to be sold to a museum or private collector who will know how to properly preserve it, Livingston said.

Martin Luther — was a German professor of theology, priest and seminal leader of the Reformation. However, despite his importance as a figure in the development of Protestant theology, his positions on Judaism continue to be controversial. These changed dramatically from his early career, where he showed concern for the plight of European Jews to his later years, when embittered by his failure to convert them to Christianity , he became outspokenly antisemitic in his statements and writings. Recent historical studies have focused on Luther's influence on modern antisemitism, with a particular focus on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Luther's attitude toward the Jews changed over the course of his life. At the beginning of his career, it was influenced by Johann Reuchlin , who was the great-uncle of his friend Philip Melanchthon. Luther relied on Reuchlin for answering questions about Hebrew and had used one of his Cabalistic books to help his argument in a debate.

Luther's attitude toward the Jews took different forms during his lifetime. In his earlier period, until or not much earlier, he wanted to convert Jews to Lutheranism Protestant Christianity , but failed. In his later period when he wrote this particular treatise, he denounced them and urged their persecution. In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, [2] afforded no legal protection, [3] and "these poisonous envenomed worms" should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.


At the beginning of his career, Martin Luther was apparently sympathetic to Jewish resistance to the Catholic Church. However, he expected the Jews to convert to his purified Christianity; when they did not, he turned violently against them. Luther used violent and vulgar language throughout his career. While we do not expect religious figures to use this sort of language in the modern world, but it was not uncommon in the early 16th century. I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them.

These fierce comments have puzzled and embarrassed Christians who otherwise admire the Reformer. We must receive them cordially, and permit them to trade and work with us, hear our Christian teaching, and witness our Christian life. If some of them should prove stiff-necked, what of it? After all, we ourselves are not all good Christians either. Fifteen years later, however, rumors of Jewish efforts to convert Christians upset him, and he wrote a treatise venting his frustration.


  1. Bill H. says:

    A Special Bond: Martin Luther King, Jr., Israel and American Jewry | Religious Action Center

  2. Sven N. says:

    While The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod holds Martin Luther in high esteem for his bold proclamation and clear articulation of the teachings of Scripture, it deeply regrets and deplores statements made by Luther which express a negative and hostile attitude toward the Jews.

  3. Adena C. says:

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  4. Jessica W. says:

    Was Luther Anti-Semitic? | Christian History | Christianity Today

  5. Mabel O. says:

    Luther and the Jews - Lutheran Reformation

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