Second edition. Two parts in two volumes. German interspersed with Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and Judeo-German in Waybertaytsch letters. Entdecktes Judenthum / Judaism Unmasked () is a book by Johann Andreas Eisenmenger. Entdecktes Judenthum: Oder gr√ľndlicher und wahrhaffter Bericht welchergestalt die verstockten Juden die Hochheilige Drey-Einigkeit Erschrecklicher Weise.

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Anti-Jewish author; born in Mannheim ; died in Heidelberg Dec. In Amsterdam he met three Christians who had been converted to Judaism, and this filled him with indignation.

As a further cause of his hatred of Judaism, he claims entdecktess otherwise unknown attacks against Christianity which he heard from the mouth of David Lida, then rabbi of Amsterdam.

For nineteen years he studied rabbinical literature assisted by Jews, first in Heidelberg and afterward in Frankfort-on-the-Main, pretending that he desired to be converted to Judaism.

Having collected from juxenthum literature all that was calculated to bring it into disrepute and to give justification for anti-Jewish prejudices, he published his “Entdecktes Judenthum” Judaism Unmaskedwhich has remained the arsenal for detractors of Talmudic literature down to the present day.

The full title of the book is interesting and is given in the facsimile on page The work, in two large quarto volumes, appeared in Frankfort-on-the-Main inand the prince elector took great interest in it, appointing Eisenmenger professor of Oriental languages in the University of Heidelberg.


The Jews, who feared that the publication of this book would give additional strength to the prejudice against them, denounced it as a malicious libel; and the fact that only a year previously riots against entdeckhes Jews had occurred in the diocese of Bamberg, and that in the same year July 21 a mob had sacked the house of the court Jew Samuel Oppenheimer in Entvecktes, made their opposition all the stronger.


entedcktes Oppenheimer was chiefly instrumental in procuring an order of confiscation from the emperor, who commanded that the whole edition of 2, copies should be placed under lock and key. With him others worked for the same end, including Jospa von Geldern, the great-grandfather of Heinrich Heine’s mother. There was also Roman Catholic influence at work, as Eisenmenger was accused of anti-Catholic tendencies. Eisenmenger died suddenly of apoplexy in Meanwhile two Jewish converts to Christianity in Berlin had brought charges against their former coreligionists of having blasphemed Jesus.

King Frederick William I. Eisenmenger’s heirs applied to the king; and the latter tried to induce the emperor to repeal the injunction against the book, but did not succeed.

Almost forty years later the original edition was released.


Judaism Discovered (Entdecktes Judenthum)

Of the many polemical works written by Christians against rabbinical literature, Eisenmenger’s has become the most popular one, and since the beginning of the anti-Semitic movement it has supplied anti-Semitic journalists and the authors of anti-Semitic pamphlets with their main arguments. Eisenmenger undoubtedly possessed a great deal of knowledge, but he was blinded by prejudice.

His work is best characterized by Siegfried, who says “Allg.

Some passages are misinterpreted; others are insinuations based on one-sided inferences; and even if this were not the case, a work which has for its object the presentation of the dark side of Jewish literature can not give us a proper understanding of Judaism. The incorrectness of many of Eisenmenger’s translations is shown by Delitzsch in his “Rohling’s Talmudjude. A new edition of the “Entdecktes Judenthum” was entdeckyes by F.

Eisenmenger edited with Leusden the unvocalized Hebrew Bible, Amsterdam,and wrote a “Lexicon Orientale Harmonicum,” which was not published. From a polemical point of view: