The Jews’ Mirror (Der Juden Spiegel) by Johannes Pfefferkorn

The Jews’ Mirror (Der Juden Spiegel) by Johannes Pfefferkorn

Translated by Ruth I. Cape
2011 | 114 + xiv pp. | 978-0-86698-438-6 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 390 | $45 | £34 |

With a Historical Introduction by Maria Diemling

This is the first unabridged modern German and English translation of Johannes Pfefferkorn’s first anti-Jewish pamphlet entitled Der Juden Spiegel (“The Jews’ Mirror”). The source is an important piece of polemical literature and a valuable historical witness to a crucial moment in early sixteenth century Germany on the eve of the Reformation. This bilingual edition addresses readers in the fields of literature, history, and religion. A commentary accompanies the English translation providing useful background information. Maria Diemling’s comprehensive historical introduction places Pfefferkorn’s writing into the historical context in which it was written by discussing his life, conversion, anti-Judaism, and controversy in early-sixteenth century Germany. In this way, the book is a valuable source for students and scholars alike.