Brandon Herling

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Brandon Herling Professor Hoffman Jewish Views of Jesus Through the Ages Thursday, February 28, 2008 Reflective Essay Week Six Moses Mendelssohn takes an approach to religious discourse that up until his  lifetime would have ostracized him from not just one, but both of the religious groups  in question.  His approach is gentle, kind, and accepting of Christians, and differs  greatly from the take-on-all-comers approaches of Jewish intellectuals of days past.  In the article, his writings acknowledged (subtly) a Jewish notion of defeat in the  political climate for the first time in our readings.  Intellectual and educational  Jewish revolts against the Christian majority (may I just say, as I’ve now come across  this for the 5 th  time, Microsoft Word automatically capitalizes all forms of  Christ/Christian/etc. but squiggly-lines the words jew, jewish, and judiasm) were 
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