A Lecture on the Jews
London: 1875. Manuscript. Softcover. Octavo. 18pp. Original stitched, heavy paper with manuscript title on cover, protected by modern mylar.
Manuscript of a lecture on the Jews given by Israel Friedberger in London on February 25, 1875. Friedberger first offers a general view of religion at large and in reference to the Jew, then proceeds to define the principle terms of Religion & Jew, the latter with help of the Right Hon. Mr. Shylock. Comparisons with other nationalities show the Jew to be "a man living with the Jewish religion," not like Greeks as scientists or philosophers, or in nations like England, France or Germany as lawyer or as conquerer, all of their activities are for the glory of God.
God has chosen Zion, we read in Friedberger, to be his people but "I think it conclusive that God never intended the Jew to be a reasoning animal." Friedberger's at time humorous rendering states the Jew to be "A Religious Being," endowed with power, gainful hands, and piety & holiness and therefore commands all favors and blessings on him. Friedberger sways to irony at times and laments the self-involved and arrogant ways of the Jews at length, only to arrive at god's forgiving and generous nature, alas at hope.
The manuscript includes a number of corrections and edits administered by the author. Text in English. Light wear along edges of pages with punch-hole at lower corner near spine. Light foxing of first three and last two leaves. Some light staining of leaves at upper right foredge, starting on the second leaf and diminishing towards end. Good condition. Item #46646