Prof. Dr. Brooks Schramm
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
‘Schem Hamphoras’ is Luther’s transliteration of the Hebrew phrase for the ‘ineffable name of God’ // ‘der unaussprechliche Name Gottes’. In the treatise, Luther mounts a sustained satirical and vulgar attack on Jewish mystical traditions that attach special powers to God’s personal name. The treatise is a quintessential example of the extreme animosity that the older Luther held toward Judaism and the Jewish people. At present, only one translation of the treatise exists in English, and it is a translation that should now be replaced.