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I remember writing an essay on the metaphorical story Nathan told Saladin in one scene, – to illustrate the interchangeable character of the three religions clashing over details of worship, tradition and power play. Verlag GmbH first published To see what your friends thought of this book, llessing sign up. A human villain is better than a didactic good guy for exploding anti-Semitic myths of unearthly cabals, I suspect.

Which of the three great religions is the truly authentic one? The ending was trash tho so three stars. Further Reading Edward M. The play is a plea for religious tolerance. Nathan the Wise OT: A pivotal work at the hinge of the history of the Western mind, and well worth the couple of lunchtimes needed to get through it.

For him this truth was never solid or something which could be owned by someone but always a process of approaching. Recha’s epithet toward Daja in the play one could say is Lessing’s judgment and epithet and is, more broadly, representative of the Enlightenment epithet in general toward religious belief: The Enlightenment seems to me a reincarnation of Greek universalism.


The Gesta Romanorum or Deeds of the Romans was compiled in Latin in the early fourteenth century by an English cleric.

I didn’t get that either. Nathan chose love instead of revenge. Nathan tells him that being human is more important than what religion you belong to. About Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. The two pessing rings had no effect, but the last cured all their infirmities.

Ring symbolism was already old by this time, and in this case its wearing was said to make the bearer beloved of God. Die Frage nach der “wahren” Religion steht im Mittelpunkt.

Nathan der Weise

On Lsssing 1, Nathan the Wise became the first performance of this new federation. Had to read it for school in 8th grade AND in 12th grade. Lebt in Frieden miteinander, statt euch um etwas zu streiten worauf es keine logische Antwort gibt. They cannot all be true. Viel kann ich nicht zu dem Buch sagen.

Nathan der Weise; Nathan the Wise – German Literature

Moral action, reason, humanity and religious tolerance are the cornerstones of Lessing’s Enlightenment Drama, which has been proving again and again for centuries and precisely today. The Sultan later repaid the debt in full, and Saladin and Melchizedek remained friends as long as they lived. Open Preview See a Problem? Instead, he may have vouchsafed us the three rings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and left it to each of us to live up to his own True Ring according to his nature and perception of God.

Lessing in some ways provides just one of the more eloquent iterations of a doctrine whose most religious version is that many roads lead to salvation and God is like an elephant which blind men grab different parts of and think the whole.


Ich finde es immer wieder sehr faszinierend, wie fortschrittlich die Menschen damals teilweise schon gedacht haben.

View all 17 comments. Were it written today we’d have to throw in that most intolerant believer, the atheist.

OH plot twist in the end but i like the actual important lsssing so. Heine sees that the void will be filled by the unbaptized, unconverted “Beserker rage” of the Germans, as he calls it.

Lessing brings into relief the vicious and murderous cruelty of Christian fanatics in the Crusades in his play as part of his argument for an Enlightenment view. Feb 07, Tim Nowotny rated it really liked it.

Es gibt ein paar tingparabel Elemente, aber richtig spannend wird es dann doch nicht. Sep 21, Maura rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 16, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Saladin, recognizing that the Jew had escaped his trap, decided to ask him directly for a loan. Too civil to openly demand such a tribute from the peace-loving Nathan, the Sultan instead masked his request in the form of a theological question.

At last Saladin devised a plan whereby he would embarrass the wealthy Jew, who would then redeem himself with money.