||On Jewish morals and the Christian state (Jüdische Moral und Christlicher Staat) by Dr. Edmund Friedemann and the Sermon on the Mount by Hippolyte Rodrigues and translated by Dr. Friedemann. The book begins with a quote from Lessing’s Nathan the wise, “Motto: . . . Denn was mich Euch zum Christen macht, das macht Euch mir zum Juden!“ (Nathan the Wise IV,7). Within the text Dr. Friedemann refers to recent events as well as earlier examples of anti-Semitism from the sixteenth century, and brings references from Jewish sources, such as the Talmud. Printed with and beginning on p. 19b is Die Bergpredigt und die jüdischen Quellen (The sermon on the mount and Jewish sources) with a footnote, Auszug aus dem Werk: Les origines du Sermon de la Montagne, par Hippolyte Rodrigues (Extracts from the work: The Origins of the Sermon on the Mount by Hippolyte Rodrigues). This, the greater part of the book, is excerpts in German in six chapters from Rodrigues’ book printed in French in 1867.
Hippolyte Rodrigues (1812-98), French banker and writer, was the son of Isaac Rodrigues-Henriques of the great Bordeaux banking house. Rodrigues, in his Papiers de Familie (1893) relates that the family had a tradition that it was descended from emigrants from Erez Israel at the time of the Bar Kokhba revolt, settling first in Portugal and afterwards in Spain. The Inquisition forced them to flee to Bordeaux, serving the French monarchy in the navy. Offered the patent of nobility, they declined as they would have had to take a oiath based on the Gospels. Rodrigues was a prolific writer. Among his other titles is Apologies du Talmud (in verse, 1879-83).