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Lot #    10983
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 1:02:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahberet ha-Mesorah ha-Gedolah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Prof. Dr. Solomon (Zalman) Frensdorff
City    Hannover and Leipzig
Publisher    Cohen & Risch
Publication Date    1876
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   1v, 387, x, 20 pp., 260:210 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
   Important work on the Masorah by Prof. Dr. Solomon (Zalman) Frensdorff. The masorah is concerned with the correct reading of the text of the Torah and its exact pronunciation. Frensdorffs work is highly regarded and still of great value to the present. The book has Hebrew and German title pages, reading respectively, from right and from left. The Hebrew title page states that it is Mahberet ha-Mesorah ha-Gedolah as printed in the Mikraot Gadolot according to manuscripts.It is the first part on the roots and are arranged alphabetically according to key words in the order of the alef beit. It is followed by an introduction from Frensdorff and the text, in which the words and roots are in Hebrew but references to Bible passages are in Roman letters. The annotations, which are very extensive, are primarily in German with Hebrew. There is also a German forward with introductory material. The work was part of a planned edition of Die Massora Magna, but only the first part, an introduction, Massoretisches Woerterbuch) appeared. Solomon Frensdorff, (18031880), German masoretic scholar. Frensdorff was born in Hamburg, the son of a rabbi. While pursuing his studies at the Johanneum gymnasium in his native city, he was introduced into Hebrew literature by Isaac Bernays, who exerted considerable influence upon his later attitude toward Judaism and religion in general. He studied philosophy and Semitic languages at the University of Bonn. In that city he became acquainted with Abraham Geiger, who, in various letters to his friends, repeatedly expressed the highest esteem for Frensdorff's character and learning. He was also a contemporary and friend of R. S. R. Hirsch. Between 1834 and 1837 he was assistant rabbi in Frankfort; from 1837 he taught at the Jewish religious school in Hanover; and from 1848 he was principal of the new Jewish seminary for teachers in that city. Frensdorff's major contribution to Jewish learning is his critical examination and publication of Masoretic works, still valuable, on the masorah, which are valued highly for their accuracy. He edited Darkhei ha-Nikkud ve-ha-Neginot (1847), ascribed to Moses ha-Nakdan, and the masoretic work Okhlah ve-Okhlah (1864, repr. 1969) from a Paris manuscript; the latter work had been published previously in a different version appended to rabbinic Bibles. Part of Frensdorff's library is in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica