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Moses

Jeffrey S. Sposato

in The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores Felix Mendelssohn's collaboration with the critic and composer Adolf Bernhard Marx. Mendelssohn agreed in 1832 to write a libretto for Marx's oratorio Mose (first performed in ... More


New Christians

Jeffrey S. Sposato

in The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores the situation of Jews in early 19th-century Germany, and situates the Mendelssohn family within this context. With the defeat of Napoleon and the treaties of the Congress of ... More


Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political Thought

Michah Gottlieb

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195398946
eISBN:
9780199894499
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398946.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Philosophy of Religion

Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) is often considered the founder of modern Jewish philosophy or even of modern Judaism. For many, Mendelssohn's commitment to enlightened values appeared to be ... More


Guardian of the Enlightenment

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter concludes the volume with Moses Mendelssohn's final years. It provides the culmination of his conflict with Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi and how such episodes influenced his later works. ... More


 Three Jewish Theologians of Christianity

Michael S. Kogan

in Opening the Covenant: A Jewish Theology of Christianity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195112597
eISBN:
9780199872275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112597.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses three Jewish theologians of Christianity: Menachem Ha Me'iri (1249-1315), Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786), and Elijah Benamozegh (1823-1900). Rabbi Menachem Ben Shlomo Ha Me'iri ... More


Mendelssohn's Defense of Reason

Frederick C. Beiser

in Diotima's Children: German Aesthetic Rationalism from Leibniz to Lessing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573011
eISBN:
9780191722202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573011.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Moses Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn is considered as one of the most illustrious representatives of the rationalist tradition in aesthetics. No one in that tradition had a ... More


Years of Growth

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores Moses Mendelssohn's formative years. It first takes a look at his childhood in Dessau, Germany, before tracking his early journeys to the capital city of Berlin. From there, the ... More


Maturity and Fame

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes some important major milestones in Moses Mendelssohn's life, as framed by two of the most important relationships of his life. It first describes his engagement and subsequent ... More


Political Reformer

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter highlights some of Moses Mendelssohn's attempts at political reform. It also takes a look at some civil reforms conducted on behalf of the Jews in Europe at the time. Here, the chapter ... More


Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

R. Larry Todd

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Granddaughter of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Hensel (1805–47) was an extraordinary musician who left well over four hundred ... More


Changes in the Pattern of Life

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines a period of prolonged illness in Moses Mendelssohn's life. Toward the end of the 18th century, Mendelssohn suffered attacks of what is likely paroxysmal auricular tachycardia. ... More


Turning Point: The Lavater Affair

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter chronicles Moses Mendelssohn's conflicts with Johann Caspar Lavater. Lavater was a contemporary and acquaintance of Mendelssohn's who issued a public challenge to him in 1769. The ... More


The Teacher

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter concerns the decade transpiring between the summer of 1779 until the autumn of 1780 in Moses Mendelssohn's life. Much of this chronicle is based on his lengthy correspondence with August ... More


Strains and Stresses

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter returns the focus to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. It first discusses the final phase of his friendship with Moses Mendelssohn, as shown through their correspondence regarding his final ... More


The First Wave: Jewish Enlightenment Bibles in Yiddish and German

Abigail Gillman

in A History of German Jewish Bible Translation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226477695
eISBN:
9780226477862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226477862.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Haskalah was a period of intense linguistic transition, and new translations of the Bible—German and Yiddish; Christian and Jewish—played a central role, above all, by rendering scripture in ... More


Refining Spinoza: Moses Mendelssohn’s Response to the Amsterdam Heretic

Daniel B. Schwartz

in The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142913
eISBN:
9781400842261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter probes the pioneering if only partial vindication of Spinoza by the Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786), the first Jewish thinker for whom Spinoza served, both ... More


Lessing's “Spinozism”

Toshimasa Yasukata

in Lessing's Philosophy of Religion and the German Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144949
eISBN:
9780199834891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144945.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Argues the question of Lessing's alleged “Spinozism.” The discussion shows that Lessing's hen kai pan [One and All] signifies not a Spinozistic pantheism but a panentheism of spiritualistic stamp. It ... More


The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228263
eISBN:
9780823237142
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

First published in 1957, this book is a rethinking of the German–Jewish experience. The book challenges the elegiac view of Gershom Scholem, showing us the German–Jewish legacy in literature, ... More


Philosophy and the Jewish Question: Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Beyond

Bruce Rosenstock

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823231294
eISBN:
9780823235520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823231294.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Drawing together two critical moments in the history of European Jewry—its entrance as a participant in the Enlightenment project of religious and political reform and its involvement ... More


Socrates and the Reason of Judaism:: Moses Mendelssohn and Immanuel Kant

in Socrates and the Jews: Hellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226472478
eISBN:
9780226472492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226472492.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In September 1784 the Berlinische Monatschrift published two essays, one by Moses Mendelssohn and another by Immanuel Kant, which answer the question “What is Enlightenment?” Mendelssohn highlights ... More


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