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  • Paperback: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Independent History and Research; 1st edition (November 21, 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 peril...as a whole, Wagenseil's collection was not comparable to the revelations in the volumes of Johann Andreas Eisenmenger...one 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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The book is in plain language and I found it easy to read.
This is a great book and a must read for anybody who wants to study this subject.
The worst thing about this book is that it is still an abridgement.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By john thames on January 31, 2013
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The internet is now overflowing with Jews and rabbis trying to explain away the "misunderstood" and "misquoted" Talmud. As always throughout history the explanations are that the odious passages are mistranslated or taken out of context, among other camouflages and deceptions. Many of these tactics may be seen on You Tube.

Before proceeding with an analysis of these explanations, it would be useful to explain what the Talmud really is. The Talmud is a series of debates on how all the rules and regulations which cover Jewish life are to be interpreted and implemented. The Talmud covers everything from marriage and divorce, to bathing and hand washing rituals, to medicine and healing, to relations with non-Jews, to religious duties, to you name it. These issues frequently revolve around Biblical passages and their interpretation and misinterpretation. The disputations on all these subjects are conducted by various rabbis taking opposing points of view, rather like lawyers arguing their briefs before an appellate court. And this technique provides an excellent cover device for various odious passages in the Talmud. When the offending passage is cited, the Jews can argue that it is only the irate comment of one particular contributor to the Talmud, not the essence of the work as a whole.

The charges against the Talmud throughout the centuries have been that it is severely anti-gentile, that it teaches that non-Jews are animals in human form, that it is permitted for Jews to swindle and cheat non-Jews, that it condones various bizarre sexual practices, including sex with underage children, that it turns the truth upside down through sophistries, that it inverts logic and regulates behavior through absurd regulations, etc.
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57 of 68 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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32 of 37 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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36 of 43 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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62 of 77 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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