In this 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will likely hear much of Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism. No doubt his screed against the Jews will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Some scholars draw a straight line from Luther to the Holocaust. So, what to do with Luther on this issue? Dr. Carl Truman gives his perspective on Luther in Lecture 18 of his class on the Reformation.
Trueman’s bottom line is that Luther’s attack on the Jews was religious and not racial. I think he does a good job of setting Luther’s comments in context. However, he makes it very clear that the excessive verbiage is scandalous and unacceptable. But there never was a person who could tame Luther’s language!!