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  • Medieval sculptures of so-called, Jew-Sows" inside and outside famous Church buildings, especially in the German-speaking countries, have a disastrous tradition and a poisoning impact until today. There are sharp controversies now on how to deal with these "unappetizing" sculptures, visible for example at the City church of Wittenberg, the town where protestant reformer Martin Luther had lived and worked. But the problem goes deeper. Obscene and perfidious representations of Jews, as they were usual in Christian-dominated Europe over centuries, have also penetrated the thought world and language use until today. Swearwords like "Jew-Sow" and "Jew-Pig" are used in order to attack and discredit Jews, non-Jews and disliked coevals. New strategies of combatting this "poisoning traditions" are needed. This article also refers to the roots of early Christian Jew-hatred and recommends an impartial critical discussion on relevant anti-Jewish passages in the Christian Bible.

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Author details:Julius H. SchoepsORCiDGND
Title of parent work (German):Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte
Subtitle (German):Die Debatte um die Entfernung der Judensau-Skulpturen aus den Kirchen etwas weitergedacht
Place of publishing:Leiden [u.a.]
Publication type:Article
Date of first publication:2020/09/05
Publication year:2020
Release date:2023/09/19
Tag:Geistesgeschichte; Geschichte; Religionsgeschichte; Religionswissenschaften
Number of pages:22
First page:390
Last Page:411
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Historisches Institut
An-Institute / Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien e. V.
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 94 Geschichte Europas / 943 Geschichte Mitteleuropas; Deutschlands
Peer review:Referiert
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