From "counter-reflections to Bonnet's Palingenesis"
Letter to Rabbi Jacob Emden, 26 October 1773
Letter to "a man of rank" (Rochus Friedrich Graf von Lynar)
From the preface to Vindiciae Judaeorum
"The search for light and right"
From Jerusalem, or on Religious Power and Judaism
From letter to Naphtali Herz Homberg
From Jacobi's On the Doctrine of Spinoza
From Morning Hours
From To Lessing's Friends
From introduction to Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Introduction to translation of Psalms
From letter to August Hennings, 29 June 1779
From Light for the Path
Selections from the Bi'ur
On the religious legitimacy of studying logic
An ontological proof for God's existence
A cosmological proof for God's existence
A proof for the immortality of the soul
A rational foundation for ethics
On the possibility of miracles
On the reliability of miracles.
German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) is best known in the English-speaking world for his Jerusalem (1783), the first attempt to present Judaism as a religion compatible with the ideas of the Enlightenment. While incorporating much of Jerusalem, Michah Gottlieb's volume seeks to expand knowledge of Mendelssohn's thought by presenting translations of many of his other seminal writings from the German or Hebrew originals. These writings include essays, commentaries, unpublished reflections, and personal letters. Part One includes selections from the three major controversies of Mendelssohn's life, all of which involved polemical encounters with Christian thinkers. Part Two presents selections from Mendelssohn's writings on the Bible. Part Three offers texts that illuminate Mendelssohn's thoughts on a diverse range of religious topics, including God's existence, the immortality of the soul, and miracles. Designed for class adoption, the volume contains annotations and an introduction by the editor. (source: Nielsen Book Data)