Report of the Pastor Johann Jacob Schudt on an Encounter with the “Wealthy“ Jew Diego Teixeira in Hamburg, 1714

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This excerpt is taken from the book Jüdische Merckwürdigkeiten (“Jewish Notabilia”) published by the rector of a gymnasium in Frankfurt am Main, Johann Jacob Schudt, in four volumes between 1714 and 1717. Himself a Lutheran, Schudt illustrates the anti-Judaic stance typical of this age in his observations about contemporary Jews throughout Germany and even Europe. His Jüdische Merckwürdigkeiten is an excellent example of the growing academic interest in religious Otherness. In the first volume—the source of the text here—Schudt reports on the Jews in Hamburg based on observations he made from 1684 to 1689, when he studied there under the Orientalist Esdras Edzardi. Schudt also recounts an anecdote originally told by Johann Balthasar Schupp(ius), the pastor of the church St. Jacobi in Hamburg from 16491661, about encountering a Sephardic Jew in the mid-17th century. According to Schudt’s citation, the anecdote was taken from a collection of writings published after Schupp’s death under the title Der unterrichtete Student (“The Informed Student”).
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Report of the Pastor Johann Jacob Schudt on an Encounter with the “Wealthy“ Jew Diego Teixeira in Hamburg, 1714, edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-90.en.v1> [September 25, 2017].