Menasseh sentence example
- Mendelssohn himself published a German translation of the Vindiciae judaeorum by Menasseh ben Israel.
- At the time, Menasseh ben Israel was in London, on a mission to Cromwell.
- Christian visionaries fixed the year 1666 for the millennium, and in his appeal to Cromwell on behalf of the return of the Jews to England Menasseh ben Israel made strong appeal to this belief.
- Here Menasseh rose to eminence not only as a rabbi and an author, but also as a printer.
- In 1644 Menasseh met Antonio de Montesinos, who persuaded him that the North-American Indians were the descendants of the lost ten tribes of Israel.Advertisement
- This supposed discovery gave a new impulse to Menasseh's Messianic hopes.
- In 1655 Menasseh arrived in London.
- It was during his absence that the Amsterdam Rabbis excommunicated Spinoza, a catastrophe which would probably have been avoided had Menasseh - Spinoza's teacher - been on the spot.
- Menasseh replied in the finest of his works, Vindiciae judaeorum (1656).
- Among those who used in this way Menasseh's Vindiciae was Moses Mendelssohn.Advertisement
- Soon after Menasseh left London Cromwell granted him a pension, but he died before he could enjoy it.
- Menasseh ben Israel was the author of many works, but his English tracts remain the only ones of importance.