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Lot #    12506
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:19:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Moses versus Slavery: Being Two Discouses
Author    [First Ed. - Reform] Dr. Gustav Gottheil
City    Manchester
Publisher    John Heywood
Publication Date    1861
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 29 pp., 215:140 mm., usual age staining, chipped on corners. A good copy bound in modern leather boards.
   Two homilies on the subject deliverd by R. Gottheil, Minister of the Congregation of British Jews.

Gustav Gottheil (18271903), Reform rabbi, liturgist, and U.S. Zionist leader. Gottheil was born in Pinne, Posen. He was drawn to liberal Judaism at the University of Berlin, and studied with such scholars as Steinschneider and Zunz. During 185560 Gottheil was a teacher at the Reform Gemeinde in Berlin and preaching assistant to Samuel Holdheim, who impressed him deeply. In Manchester, England, where he served the progressive Congregation of British Jews from 1869 to 1873, Gottheil mastered English, then joined Temple Emanu-El of New York City in 1873 as co-rabbi to the aging Samuel Adler. Challenging the ethical culture theories of Felix Adler, son of Samuel Adler, Gottheil espoused a more traditional theistic Judaism, and was upheld by the congregation. He attempted to maintain a rabbinical school under Emanu-El's auspices during 187485, but it had very few students. Gottheil published a hymnal in 1886 and a devotional compilation Sun and Shield (1896). He voluntarily abandoned issuing his own prayer book in favor of the Union Prayer Book, which included a number of his translations and renderings. The most important American rabbi publicly to support Zionism during the First Zionist Congress in 1897, Gottheil, his son Richard Gottheil, and Stephen S. Wise were among the founders of the Federation of American Zionists. Gottheil was a teacher and friend to such young rabbis as Stephen S. Wise, Leon Harrison, and Samuel Schulman.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
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