Christian Hebraism: The Untold Story of Christian Fascination with Judaism

Many Jews and Christians today believe that the predominant theme in European Jewish-Christian relations is Antisemitism. However, during the Protestant Reformation- from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries- Christian fascination with Judaism resulted in the widespread study of Hebrew and Judaism as well as important collaborative efforts between Christians and Jews. In this course, we will study Christian Hebraism, the Christian study of Judaism, and its impact on Europe and New England. The course will be richly illustrated with copies of illuminated manuscripts from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the world’s most important collection of Hebrew manuscripts.