On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

18 February 1546 Death of Luther – Last Sermon ends with Warnings against the Jews

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From 1533 to his death in 1546, Martin Luther served as the dean of theology at University of Wittenberg. During this time he suffered from many illnesses, including arthritis, heart problems and digestive disorders, and the physical pain and emotional strain of being a fugitive might have been reflected in his writings. Some works contained strident and offensive language against several segments of society, particularly Jews and Muslims. During a trip to his hometown of Eisleben, he died on February 18, 1546, at age 62.

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Shortly before his death on February 18, 1546 Luther preached four sermons in Eisleben (on February 14). To his second last sermon he appended what he called his “final warning” against the Jews. The main point of this short work is that authorities who could expel the Jews from their lands…

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