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Entdecktes Judenthum is the most malignant attack that Judaism has ever sustained. --Rev. Isidore Harris --The Thinker: A Review of Worldwide Christian Thought, p. 498.

Fate decreed that a certain Christian writer, Johann Andreas Eisenmenger, should have arisen...and concentrated the tradition of medieval anti-Jewish doctrines in his great work...His book was impressive on account of its size...and its tremendous erudition. Eisenmenger was well-versed in Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic...In short, Eisenmenger was acquainted with all the literature a Jewish scholar of standing would have known. He had learned to use these books partly through contacts with Jewish scholars in Frankfort and Amsterdam...However, Eisenmenger surpassed his predecessors in his mastery of the sources and his ability to interpret them...Jacob Katz, From Prejudice to Destruction: Anti-Semitism, 1700-1933

Christian scholars used their immense, sometimes phenomenal learning to warn their brethren about the rising Jewish a whole, Wagenseil's collection was not comparable to the revelations in the volumes of Johann Andreas of the most persistent gatherers of anti-Christian texts... --Frank Manuel --The Broken Staff: Judaism Through Christian Eyes

About the Author

Johann Andreas Eisenmenger was the foremost Christian expert on Judaism in the western world and the inaugural scientific scholar of the rabbinic texts. His monumental masterwork,Entdecktes Judenthumupon which this English translation is based, informed and inspired statesmen, philosophers and scholars, from Prussian King Frederick to Fichte, Kant and Feuerbach, and helped to launch the Enlightenment.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Independent History and Research; 1st edition (November 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970378440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970378446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By GangstaLawya on October 1, 2007
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The editor, Mr. Hoffman, offers this book for $19. It is unfortunate Eisenmenger's other books are not translated. I'm considering undertaking that project myself. In the meantime, you won't be disappointed. This a badly needed critique of Talmudic Judaism. Israel Shahak lifted a lot of his material from Eisenmenger. And many others have been inspired to study the anti-Christian and anti-nonjewish rhetoric of the Talmud. It was Eisenmenger who opened Western eyes to what was hidden in the Hebrew tongue. Eisenmenger studied the Talmud in its original language and was shocked at what he read. Eisenmenger has done the public a great service, and his works are a blessing for us today.
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful By ASE-Baltimore on February 24, 2007
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"The Traditions of the Jews" 1748, Stehelin's selected English translation of Eisenmenger's "Entdecktes Judenthum", remained in obscurity for over 250 years until this republication by Independent History & Research. The 1700 Eisenmenger book has been kept in rabbinical libraries as their own secret source of authentic Jewish beliefs. In his introduction, Michael A. Hoffman II sets the work in its Enlightenment context. Though Enlightenment philosophers were re-examining the Churchianity and priestcraft then current among Christian denominations, Judaic intellectuals such as Saul Ascher rejected the re-examination of Judaism.

Contrary to establishment characterizations of Eisenmenger as prejudiced, Eisenmenger's opposition to Judaism was ideologically and intellectually based, in opposition to the prejudice and racism of Judaism that Eisenmenger documented.

Hoffman's footnote on p. 17 is priceless. His introduction to this book is a major educational Enlightenment.

Some examples of almost unimaginable rabbinic megalomania: P.717, p.418, p.557, p.349, p.573, p.296, p.364, p.370, and many others. The only trouble is that, to the modern mentality, they probably do not seem very strange. All of Eisenmenger's quotes are footnoted with the section of the Talmud or Kabbalah that they are taken from. Eisenmenger makes timely comments to the rabbinic literature he documents. The book is in plain language and I found it easy to read.

A. E.- Baltimore
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Craig M. Smith on February 20, 2007
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Colassal. Epic. The 90 page Introduction by Hoffman alone is worth the price. A lost treasure recovered after 'dark ages'. A must for any serious student of our times.

Thank you Independent History & Research
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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Terry Dolorosa on December 12, 2006
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This book has been suppressed for almost 300 years. Why?

In 2 volumes totaling 2001 pages from 1701, Eisenmenger, a world-renowned scholar of Hebrew, Greek, Yiddish, and Aramaic at the University of Heidelberg, meticulously documented the authoritative doctrines of Judaism, Talmudic blasphemies against the Holy Family, genocidal and immoral imprecations against Christians, Judaism's distinctly non-Old-Testament theologies like reincarnation (!!!), bizarre demonic myths, and Satanic black magic. Jesus, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, meant exactly what he said, "synagogue of Satan."

Precisely because of Eisenmenger's accurate and irrefutable documentation, the rabbis bought the entire first printing of 2,000 copies and then arranged for the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold (a Protestant-convert-of-convenience-to-Catholicism who was indebted financially to the super wealthy financier Samuel Oppenheimer) to impound and then suppress the further publication of Eisenmenger's work. Eisenmenger died penniless because his life's work was seized, but his Entdecktes Judethum (Judaism Revealed) is so authoritative that the rabbis kept the first printing for their own reference!

Though the rabbis disparage Eisenmenger AND DENY EVERYTHING HE DOCUMENTED, they still use his flawless work for reference since he faithfully preserved the earliest Judaic works, many of which are lost to them today except for Eisenmenger!

In Traditions of the Jews, Stehlin translated into English 872 pages of the most important excerpts from Eisenmenger's German language work.

When you read this, you will have no more illusions whether Judaism is the "synagogue of Satan" or our "Elder Brother in the Faith." Puzzled who to believe, Jesus or Wojtyla? Buy this book.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By zonaras on February 21, 2007
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This 2006 reprint of J.P. Stehelin's 1748 _The Traditions of the Jews_ is an abridgement of a much longer work, _Entdecktes Judenthum_, a two volume tome originally published by Professor Eisenmenger in 1700. Eisenmenger was a Lutheran scholar of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, in 1700 who studied Jewish texts, including the Talmud and other rabbinic documents, and translated excerpts of these into German for publication. The text itself is beautiful--preserving the original 18th century font. In spite of the sometimes archaic spellings and letter shapes, the font is easy to read because of its large size. Hoffman's introduction sheds some light on the history of this book's publication and subsequent banning and seizure by wealthy Jews in Frankfort because it documents the Jewish teachings regarding Christ and followers of Christianity. The introduction also gives some examples of this book's influence on the European intellectual and literary climate of the later 18th and the 19th century. The worst thing about this book is that it is still an abridgement. Stehelin, who may or may not have been the actual translator, did not translate the entire corpus of Eisenmenger's work into English. As such, this edition does not contain much of the material that made the original German edition so controversial. It does, however, contain page after page of extremely bizarre stories and fables derived from Jewish sources. As Hoffman's introduction relates, on page 57:

"It seems likely that Stehelin, or his party, desired to publish Eisenmenger in English in order to show forth the annals Talmudic and Midrashic fantasies.
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