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Eck was a Catholic theologian and chancellor at the University of Ingolstad. In 1541 Eck published his Against the Defense of the Jews [German: Ains Juden-büechlins Verlegung]. In it he opposes the position of the Nuremberg reformer Andreas Osiander, who wanted to quash medieval superstition that Jews were responsible for killing Christian children, desecrating the eucharistic Host, and poisoning wells. Osiander's pamphlet is Whether It Be True and Credible That the Jews Secretly Strangulate Christian Children and Make Use of Their Blood. Eck accused Osiander of being a "Jew-protector" and "Jew-father," and no fewer than nineteen times reviled the Jews, and used the epithet for them: "a blasphemous race".

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Unknown Artist: Portrait of Johannes Eckius [Johann Eck], Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 2012.166.

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