Thomas Thaarup

Last updated
Portrait of Thomas Thaarup Thomas Thaarup.jpg
Portrait of Thomas Thaarup

Thomas Thaarup (21 August 1749 – 12 July 1821) was a Danish poet.


Thomas Thaarup was born in Copenhagen, where his father, Niels Thaarup, owned a hardware store. His mother's name was Anna Margaretha and her maiden name was Stupsack.


Though his family lived in Læsø, Thaarup was sent to a grammar school in Helsingør and went to Copenhagen University in 1768.


Thaarup wrote the libretto to C.E.F. Weyse's 1st Easter Cantata. [1]

Anti-Semitic writings

In 1813, Thaarup published Moses and Jesus or On the Intellectual and Moral Relations of the Jews and Christians, a translation of a German script (by Friedrich Buchholz); both in the scripture itself and in the recollection with which he accompanied the translation, many fanatical and untrue accusations are made against the Jews that their distinguishing feature is "Selfishness, Cruelty and Laziness, etc.". The translated script provoked a strong response; Professor Otto Horrebow, confessional Christian Bastholm and several others supported Thaarup in his attack, while he was sharply countered by people like Jens Baggesen, Steen Steensen Blicher, Johan Werfel and others. On this subject, Thaarup published a few more writings: Vor Haandtering (1816), a free translation of a German play by Sessa, Over the Jews' Claims on German Civil Law (1816) and The Rights of Christianity and the German People (1817), both translations of German writings by Friedrich Rühs.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Moses Mendelssohn</span> German philosopher and theologian (1729–1786)

Moses Mendelssohn was a German-Jewish philosopher and theologian. His writings and ideas on Jews and the Jewish religion and identity were a central element in the development of the Haskalah, or 'Jewish Enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Born to a poor Jewish family in Dessau, Principality of Anhalt, and originally destined for a rabbinical career, Mendelssohn educated himself in German thought and literature. Through his writings on philosophy and religion he came to be regarded as a leading cultural figure of his time by both Christian and Jewish inhabitants of German-speaking Europe and beyond. His involvement in the Berlin textile industry formed the foundation of his family's wealth.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg</span> German lawyer and translator (1750–1819)

Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg, was a German lawyer, and translator born at Bramstedt in Holstein. He was also a poet of the Sturm und Drang and early Romantic periods.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Novalis</span> German poet and writer

Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, pen name Novalis, was a German aristocrat and polymath, who was a poet, novelist, philosopher and mystic. He is regarded as an idiosyncratic and influential figure of Jena Romanticism.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock</span> German poet (1724–1803)

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was a German poet. His best known work is the epic poem Der Messias. One of his major contributions to German literature was to open it up to exploration outside of French models.

<i>Antiquities of the Jews</i> Work by historian Flavius Josephus

Antiquities of the Jews is a 20-volume historiographical work, written in Greek, by historian Josephus in the 13th year of the reign of Roman emperor Domitian, which was 94 CE. The book contains an account of the history of the Jewish people for Josephus' gentile patrons. In the first ten volumes, Josephus follows the events of the Hebrew Bible beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Johan Ludvig Heiberg (poet)</span> Danish poet, playwright, literary critic and literary historian

Johan Ludvig Heiberg, Danish poet, playwright, literary critic, literary historian son of the political writer Peter Andreas Heiberg (1758–1841), and of the novelist, afterwards the Baroness Gyllembourg-Ehrensvärd, was born in Copenhagen. He promoted Hegelian philosophy and introduced vaudeville to Denmark.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Georg Friedrich Puchta</span> German jurist (1798–1846)

Georg Friedrich Puchta was an important German Legal scholar.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Theodor Fritsch</span> German publisher and journalist (1852–1933)

Theodor Fritsch was a German publisher and journalist. His antisemitic writings did much to influence popular German opinion against Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His writings also appeared under the pen names Thomas Frey, Fritz Thor, and Ferdinand Roderich-Stoltheim.

Christian Rudolph Wilhelm Wiedemann was a German physician, historian, naturalist and entomologist. He is best known for his studies of world Diptera, but he also studied Hymenoptera and Coleoptera, although far less expertly.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Franz Delitzsch</span> German Lutheran theologian and hebraist

Franz Delitzsch was a German Lutheran theologian and Hebraist. Delitzsch wrote many commentaries on books of the Bible, Jewish antiquities, Biblical psychology, as well as a history of Jewish poetry, and works of Christian apologetics. Today, Delitzsch is best known for his translation of the New Testament into Hebrew (1877), and his series of commentaries on the Old Testament published with Carl Friedrich Keil.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse</span> Danish composer

Christoph(er) Ernst Friedrich Weyse was a Danish composer during the Danish Golden Age.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche</span> Philosophical ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) developed his philosophy during the late 19th century. He owed the awakening of his philosophical interest to reading Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung and said that Schopenhauer was one of the few thinkers that he respected, dedicating to him his essay Schopenhauer als Erzieher, published in 1874 as one of his Untimely Meditations.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">St. Peter's Church, Copenhagen</span> Church in Copenhagen, Denmark

St. Peter's Church is the parish church of the German-speaking community in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is situated at the corner of Nørregade and Sankt Peders Stræde in the city's Latin Quarter. Built as a single-nave church in the mid-15th century, it is the oldest building in central Copenhagen. It is also notable for its extensive complex of sepulchral chapels.

<i>Vom Schem Hamphoras</i>

Vom Schem Hamphoras, full title: Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi, was a book written by German Reformation leader Martin Luther in 1543, in which he equated Jews with the Devil and described them in vile language.

Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a German professor of theology, priest and seminal leader of the Reformation. His positions on Judaism continue to be controversial. These changed dramatically from his early career, where he showed concern for the plight of European Jews, to his later years, when embittered by his failure to convert them to Christianity, he became outspokenly antisemitic in his statements and writings.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Andreas Peter Berggreen</span> Danish composer, organist and pedagogue

Andreas Peter Berggreen was a Danish composer, organist, and pedagogue.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Johan Christian Gebauer</span> Danish musician

Johann Christian Gebauer was a Danish composer, organist and music theorist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Frederik Ludvig Liebenberg</span>

Frederik Ludvig Liebenberg, was a Danish literary historian, translator, critic and publisher. He is remembered especially for his editions of Ludvig Holberg and Adam Oehlenschläger.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Friedrich Münter</span> German-Danish theologian (1761–1830)

Friedrich Christian Carl Heinrich Münter was a German-Danish scholar, theologian, and Bishop of Zealand from 1808 until his death. His name has also been recorded as Friederich Münter.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gustmeyer House</span>

The Gustmeyer House is a historic property on Ved Stranden, opposite Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen, in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built in 1797 to a Neoclassical design by Johan Martin Quist. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr was born in the building. McKinsey & Company is now based in the building.


  1. Barnett, Rob. "Christoph Ernst Friedrich WEYSE" . Retrieved 12 April 2013.