Judaic Treasures of the
History of the Hebrews Second Commonwealth, Cincinnati, 1880.
The book before you claims to be the first of this kind written from a democratic, free and purely scientific standpoint ... It is the history of a people, and not of rulers and battles, the history of the life and growth in politics, religion, literature, culture, civilization, commerce, wealth and influence on other nations ...
I have written this history with the proud feeling that man is better than his history, in which the onward march of enlightenment and humanization is so often interrupted by barbarous multitudes ... Had the Hebrews not been disturbed in their progress a thousand and more years ago, they would have solved all the great problems of civilization which are being solved now under all the difficulties imposed by the spirit of the Middle Ages. The world is not yet redeemed.
Hymns, Psalms & Prayers, Cincinnati, 1868.
Dispersed as the house of Israel is in all lands, we must have a vehicle to understand each other in the house of God, so that no brother be a stranger therein; and this vehicle is the Hebrew [language] ... the Hebrew sounds are sacred to the Israelite; they are holy reminiscences of his youth, which can as little be replaced to him in another language, as the Psalms of David can be fully reproduced in any other tongue.
The Origin of Christianity, Cincinnati, 1868.
Among the other sources which the author consulted, it is chiefly the Talmud and other rabbinical scriptures. He undertook the task of translating several hundred talmudical passages for this work, all rendered from the originals, and hopes to have expounded numerous passages in the New Testament, which are otherwise unintelligible. He hopes still more to have opened an entirely new avenue of research to Christian theology and criticism ... without the Talmud, a perfect understanding of original Christianity is almost impossible, as the candid reader of this book will undoubtedly admit, after a careful perusal of it.
“On the Russo-Jewish Question,” by D. I. M. Wise, in M. G. Landsberg, History of the Persecution of the Jews in Russia, Boston, 1892.
Russia contains one fourth of the inhabitants of all Europe, and one half of the entire number of Israelites. In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of Europe and the Israelites.... The most admirable class of people in all Russia are the Jews, for most of them can read and write, and ninety per cent of the other Russians are analphabets ... It is more than marvellous, it seems miraculous, that the Russian Jew preserved that intellectual and moral force which he possesses, surrounded as he was by rank demoralization, and down-trodden for centuries.
The Cosmic God, Cincinnati, 1876.
This book, conceived in sorrow, composed in grief, and constructed at the brink of despair, contains my mind's best thoughts, and my soul's triumph over the powers of darkness. My wife, my dearly beloved companion in this eventful life ... was prostrated with an incurable disease ... I prayed, I wept, I mourned, I despaired ... I was drifting and whirling in a roaring current of lacerating contradictions, tormenting self-accusations bordering on self contempt.
Ruthless attacks upon my character, of restless assailants ... embittered by joyless days. My energies failed. Insanity or suicide appeared inevitable ... Once, at the midnight hour ... I opened the Bible [and] read: “Unless thy law had been my delight, I should long since have been lost in my affiction” [sic] (Psalm 119:92).
It struck me forcibly. “There is the proper remedy for all afflictions.” When those ancient Hebrews spoke of the law of God, they meant the whole of it revealed in God's words and works. Research, science, philosophy, deep and perplexing, problems most intricate and propositions most complicated, I thought, like the rabbis of the Talmud, must be the proper remedy for all maladies of the heart and reason. I plunged headlong into the whirlpool of philosophy, and, I believe, to have found many a gem in the fathomless deep. But the costliest of all gems I found is a calm and composed mind, a self-relying conviction. I found myself once more.