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Nathan the Wise: A Dramatic Poem in Five Acts

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1779)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Set in Jerusalem around those crusaderish times, Nathan der Weise is read by every little German Gymnasium student as a lesson in tolerance. Those who discover they can tolerate each other are Muslim, Jew, and Christian. Were it written today we'd have to throw in that most intolerant believer, the atheist. But I think we could do it!
Aug 30, 2010 Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah ja, Nathan der Weise einer der besten Stücke, die ich je gelesen habe. Was mich zu erst verwundert hat, war der Titel "Ein dramatisches Gedicht...". Wenn man sich allerdings die Formatierung anschaut, dann ist einem sofort klar, dass die Strukturierung einen dichterischen Aspekt hat und zwar das Metrum.

Nathan der Weise besteht aus Blankversen. Eine besondere Form, die ursprünglich aus England stammt. Normalerweise fällt niemanden außer der hartgesottenen Germanisten Dinge wie ein Metrum auf,
David Alexander
Oct 14, 2012 David Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways you could not ask for a better and nobler representative of the Enlightenment than Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in his "Nathan, the Wise" (1779). That is at least my initial, current impression of Lessing. In the face of the atrocious anti-Semitic caricatures and treatment of Jews by professing Christians that would eventually fester into Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Lessing portrays a Jewish character who is humane and generous. In a way similar to Shakespeare, Lessing gives a more ...more
So today I finally had my German exam, that means that I'll (hopefully) never ever have to read this again.

Nov 27, 2010 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Nathan der Weise" ist der Titel eines fünfaktigen Dramas in klassischem Aufbau. Es wurde 1783 in Berlin uraufgeführt und beschäftigt sich mit den Themen Humanismus und Deismus.
Die Idee des Deismus ist, dass Gott das Universum geschaffen hat, er im Folgenden aber keinerlei Einfluss mehr auf die Geschehnisse nimmt.
Die Handlung spielt zur Zeit des Dritten Kreuzzugs. Die Frage nach der "wahren" Religion steht im Mittelpunkt. Das Ende zeigt schließlich die enge Verwandtschaft der drei monotheistische
Justine O'Callaghan
Probably the worst book I ever had to read in school.
Miss Bookiverse
Jun 21, 2008 Miss Bookiverse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intolerant people who'd probably think of it as stupid
Had to read it for school in 8th grade AND in 12th grade. In 8th grade I hated it. When I reread (actually I didn't read the whole book in 8th grade) some years later I thought it was okay. It has some unexpected twists at the end and a nice philosophy about tolerance and religion.
(oh and I remember calling him "Satan der Heiße" instead :P)
Nov 06, 2015 Niki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab es nicht komplett gelesen. Dafür manche Stellen fünfmal, wenn es das vielleicht relativiert. Ich weiß nicht, wie meine Klausur darüber gelaufen ist, aber ich fand es sooo unfassbar langweilig, eine schlimmere Schullektüre habe ich tatsächlich noch nicht gehabt. (Wilhelm Tell in der achten Klasse hab ich durch Krankheit zum Glück komplett verpasst)
Aug 11, 2010 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan the Wise (OT: Nathan der Weise)of G.E. Lessing is maybe the most important drama of the epoch of the Enlightment. Despite its age of 230 years the message of the book, the religious tolerance between the 3 big religions, is in consideration of the problems in the Middle East and terror still actual.

I point out the line-up, which perfectly symbolizes the connection between the 3 religions and the famous Ring Parable. The spelling style is a little exhausting, for which reason I remove one
More school reading! I remember being really into this book when we read it in school. I just loved everything we studied while we read it, all that what we call "meta" these days. And there's so much meta surrounding Nathan the Wise.

Without doubt one of the most important books of German literature, and due to its main subject, religion, one that I feel very close to. It's certainly not one of the books that you read purely for the reading pleasure. It's all about the context, historical and ph
Elliott Bignell
Jun 03, 2016 Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing in English for consistency with my stream. (Wiedersehen auf englisch zur Förderung der Dickflüssigkeit mit meiner Strömung.)

This short piece of work is a keystone of the Enlightenment, and is also the most accessible of the German classics that I have read to date. The German level is fairly advanced and at the same time slightly archaic, but readable at an undergraduate or experienced second-language level. The metre, in particular, is entirely consistent and tends to draw one along c
Jun 29, 2012 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story of cross-cultural (and more importantly cross-religion) communication was written by an extremely progressive thinker, and did not fall prey to the many anti-Semitic cliches that one so often finds in similar literature. This is a very illuminating play, and has a great deal of bearing on the tribulations of today's world as well.
Nov 15, 2013 Anni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Ich weiss nicht wie ich das bewerten soll. Im Endeffekt mag ich die Geschichte, auch wenn sie seltsam ist und die Ringparabel ist in dem Zusammenhang auch gut, nur mag ich sie nicht analysieren nach den Ferien.
Mar 12, 2016 Serina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Der Aberglaube, in dem wir aufgewachsen, verliert, auch wenn wir ihn erkennen, darum doch seine Macht nicht über uns. - Es sind nicht alle frei, die ihrer Ketten spotten."

Lessings Drama ist eines der Schulbücher, die man nicht oft genug lesen kann. Es geht um Toleranz, Religion, Familie und Vergebung. Zentral ist dabei die s.g. "Ringparabel" also die Frage danach, welche der drei großen Religionen (Christentum, Judentum, Islam), denn nun die "Wahre" ist. Und die Antwort ist so simpel wie wunde
Sep 11, 2015 Angelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very positively surprised!

A play from the Enlightenment Age to emphasize tolerance, humanism and acceptance.
Among the three presented religions, the Christianity was painted in the worst light. And I must admit the Patriarch reminded me of all the Orthodox priests at their worst. Well, so many years have passed, but, unfortunately, it was rigid, and still is.

Moreover, Lessing did a great job of mixing up "Who is Who" in the story, Shakespeare would not have done it better!

To sum up, as a
Kathi Aurelia
Mar 23, 2016 Kathi Aurelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
This is simply my favourite drama (a sentence I wouldn't have though to ever say two years ago [without a hint of sarcasm]). The topic and the meaning are so important and well portrayed. Personally I totally agree with Lessing (who is in my opinion a really interesting personality).
The Ring Parable is just a perfect parable with a good deeper meaning (and I plan on printing it to put it on my wall) - yyes I'm slighlty obsessed with this parable.
The writing and characters are interesting, but I
Fatma Amour
Keine Frage die Ringparabel muss man gelesen aber noch verstanden haben
Endlich weiß ich über die Ringparabel Bescheid! Fühle mich schlau (-:
Alev Koca
May 06, 2016 Alev Koca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the few actual "must-read-before-you-die" ones. It will transform and shape your outlook on the world and turn you into a kinder, more tolerant person, and - just in the spirit of Nathan - a wiser one. Don't be turned off by the religious theme or the low ratings - these people simply haven't understood the message behind Lessing's piece. There's a good reason this book is counted among the world classics and often found among the obligatory lecture in German-speaking grammar ...more
Shahriar shiva
Jan 12, 2015 Shahriar shiva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal Play about religious tolerance, a topic which is still relevant and trivial in our time. Lessing writing is interesting,witty and humerus. the ring parable is testament to his writing prowess as he uses this simple symbol to fabricate a model idea which the play follows meticulously. The plot was also really well crafted and the ending stands as a memorable one (especially since its a play and the curtains close with a very strong imagery). my only quarrel with this play is that the t ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Joerg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the most important work about tolerance
Jun 18, 2016 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan der Weise was an amazing book overall. The characters were fleshed out so well and the book was set up in a clear and concise way. However, I can't really agree with the ending. It came out of nowhere and took away from the main issue by simply joining everyone by blood. I feel as though if the book had ended with a scene where everyone makes a decision to become family/friends it would have had more of an impact in general. As that would be breaking through the barriers of religion durin ...more
Vittorio Ducoli
Jan 01, 2015 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'illuminismo applicato al rapporto tra le religioni: una proposta sconfitta dalla storia ma di grande attualità

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing è il più noto rappresentante dell'illuminismo tedesco, e Nathan il saggio è la sua opera più famosa, quella che riassume, sotto forma di una commedia teatrale, il pensiero di questo importante letterato della seconda metà del XVIII secolo.
La vita e le opere di Lessing sono bene illustrate nel bel saggio di Emilio Bonfatti che fa da introduzione a questa classic
Not as bad as I thought it would be (my sister made it out to be at least as bad as Andorra).
Most characters are insufferable and unremarkable,but I liked Nathan because he's smart and wise, and I liked Sittah because she's somewhat independent and portrayed as a clever and confident woman. (And Recha a little bit because she stays more or less rational despite being somewhat in love which is more than most heroines in today's YA books can say for themselves, and because of her devotion to her f
Rezension zu einer szenischen Lesung:

Nathan der Weise von Lessing gilt als ein wegweisendes Werk der Deutschen Aufklärung, besonders bekannt ist die Ringparabel. Ich meine, ich müsse es bereits vor langer Zeit einmal gelesen haben, erinnerte mich aber nur noch bruchstückhaft. Auf der Bühne habe ich es noch nicht gesehen, aber besitze seit Jahren eine szenische Lesung der Deutschen Grammphon. Unter den Sprechern ist auch Ernst Deutsch, der mit der Rolle des Nathans große Erfolge feierte und die R
Jul 01, 2013 rosshalde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın dinler arası hoşgörü ile alakalı olduğu zaten tanıtım yazısında da mevcuttu. ancak 18. yy Avrupasında özellikle Hristiyanlığa dair bu denli kuvvetli eleştiriler olması beni şaşırttı.

Daha sonrasında yazarla ilgili yaptığım okumalarda teoloji eğitimi aldığını ve yaşadığı dönemde eleştirel düşüncesi ile ilgili çok fazla olumsuz eleştiri alması ile ilgili yaşadıklarını okudum. Din konusunda konuşmaktan men edilmesine rağmen bir tiyatro yazarak düşüncelerini belirtmekten geri kalmaması ise ya

Nathan kehrt von einer Reise zurück. Während seiner Abwesenheit wäre sein Haus beinahe abgebrannt und mit ihm seine einzige Tochter Recha. Sie wurde jedoch von einem unbekannten Tempelherren gerettet, für den sie auch prompt Gefühle entwickelt, die der Tempelherr jedoch nicht erwidert, ja zeigt er sich sogar besonders abweisend.


Das Buch ist in 5 Aufzüge gegliedert, die dann wiederum in verschiedene Auftritte unterteilt sind.

„Nathan der Weise“ ist ein dramatisches Ge
Apr 01, 2012 Cedric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Auf eine simple Frage hin entspinnt der Bonze Nathan, nie einer Überheblichkeit und nervtötenden Ausführung zu schade, eine Parabel, die er im selbstverliebten Boccacio-Renaissance-Legendenton wiedergibt und die er nach der Hälfte in der Meinung abbricht, der Rest erkläre sich ohnehin von selbst, worauf der mächtige Saladin in grosser Versöhnlichkeit auf Nathans Geld verzichtet, ohne das er sein Reich nicht erhalten kann und das ihm der Greis dann voller Freude schenken darf, und
Feb 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zu diesem Buch bin ich eigentlich nur gekommen, weil ich es im Deutschunterricht lesen muss. Für gewöhnlich greife ich von mir aus nicht zu solchen Stücken der (Welt)Literatur und lese eher moderne Werke. Für gewöhnlich finde ich auch keinen Gefallen an solchen mehr oder minder historischen Werken. Wie gesagt: Für gewöhnlich.

"Nathan der Weise" hebt sich schon vom Schreibstil von meiner normalen Lektüre ab. Es ist nicht in Romanform, sondern in Versform geschrieben. Anderes erwartet man bei einem
Dec 01, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Theaterstück mit 5 Sternen zu bewerten ist insofern evident, da es schon sehr lange Bestandteil des Kanons ist. Und dass nicht ohne Grund: Es ist nämlich KEIN TOLERANZDRAMA! Vielmehr (und das macht es gerade interessant) verhandelt es die Möglichkeitsbedingung von Toleranz mit dem Ergebnis, dass die Herstellung von Einstimmigkeit nicht ohne Gewalt zu denken ist. Zum Schluss des Stücks kommen die kritischen Stimmen einfach nicht mehr vor, sind also regelrecht ausgeschaltet. Kommunikation als ...more
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by theatre historians to be the first dramaturg.

Lessing was born in Kamenz, a small town in Saxony. His fat
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