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The Reuchlin ‘Affair’—A Debate without End

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This chapter talks about the original print which was used for this translation is held at the library of the University of Tübingen. The Augenspiegel pamphlet translated here consists of the two parts essentially concerned with the question of the Jewish books. Parts III and IV of the Augenspiegel are partially in Latin and are not concerned with Jewish books but aim to refute the scholastic arguments of his detractors and the accusations of Johannes Pfefferkorn. At a more superficial level Reuchlin insinuates that with spectacles he focuses on the errors of his opponent Pfefferkorn and sees his true intentions of wanting to destroy all Jewish publications irrespective of their usefulness.

Keywords:Augenspiegel; Johannes Pfefferkorn; Reuchlin; translation



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