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Reuchlin—The Cabbalist

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Reuchlin lived in an era of strong oral culture whose influence can never be known with certainty. Reuchlin belonged to the scholarly, but widely scattered group of intellectuals known as humanists, but he was by no means a radical of the genre normally associated with the major figures of the Reformation. Throughout his life he remained a strong adherent to the Catholic Church despite his dispute with the church authorities. An indication of this is his membership of the Salve Regina Brotherhood, an organisation with a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary. Reuchlin translated several Greek texts, wrote satirical Latin prose and comedy plays for the intellectual enjoyment of the Sodality members. He also hoped to be able to lecture in Hebrew at the University of Heidelberg, but was prevented due to the opposition of the monks at the university.

Keywords:Catholic Church; Hebrew; Heidelberg; Reuchlin; Salve Regina Brotherhood; satirical Latin prose; Virgin Mary



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