Freudenthal, Max

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FREUDENTHAL, MAX (1868–1937), German liberal rabbi and writer. Freudenthal, who served as rabbi in Dessau, 1893–1900, Danzig, 1900–07, and Nuremberg, 1907–35, was one of the most resolute exponents of religious liberalism in Germany. His contributions to Jewish scholarship covered both philosophy and history. In philosophy he published Die Erkenntnislehre Philos von Alexandrien (1891): in history, Ausder Heimat Moses Mendelssohns (1900); Die Familie Gomperz (in collaboration with D. Kaufmann, 1907); Die israelitische Kultusgemeinde Nuernberg, 1874–1924 (1925), which includes his autobiography; and Leipziger Messegaeste (1928). Freudenthal contributed a wealth of basic material to the study of modern Jewish history in Germany. He wrote for various learned publications, and was coeditor of the Zeitschrift fuer die Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland.


zgjd, 7 (1937), 131–7.