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Die Offenbarung nach dem Lehrbegriffe der Synagoge
[Only Ed.] Dr. Salomon Ludwig Steinheim
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Only edition. XVI, 468 pp., 193:130 mm., usual light age and damp staining, wide margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemportary half cloth and marbled paper boards.
Part II of IV, the other parts were printed 1835–65.
Dr. Salomon Ludwig Steinheim (1789–1866), German poet and religious philosopher. Born in Bruchhausen, Westphalia, Steinheim qualified as a physician at Kiel. He practiced his profession in Altona from 1813 to 1845. From 1846 until his death Steinheim lived mostly in Rome. In addition to his works on medicine and natural science, he also wrote Sinai (poems, 1823); Gesaenge Obadjas b. Amos aus der Verbannung (poems, 1837); Moses Mendelssohn und seine Schule (1840); M. M. Buddinger, Lebensbeschreibung eines israelitischen Schulmanns (1884); Vom Bleibenden und Vergaenglichen im Judentum (ed. H. J. Schoeps, 1935). Steinheim's magnum opus is Die Offenbarung nach dem Lehrbegriffe der Synagoge (4 vols., 1835–65). Though standing apart from the contending Jewish factions of his time, and hardly writing out of a Jewish frame of reference, Steinheim polemicized against contemporary attempts to identify the contents of religion and philosophy. For him, the very "shibboleth" of the truth of revelation is that it does not coincide with man's normal rational awareness. According to him, all philosophical speculation leads to some kind of dualism of good and evil, whereas the revelation of the Hebrew Bible stresses creatio ex nihilo and, thereby, the unity of God. The three pillars of Steinheim's system are "the unity of the person, creation out of nothing, freedom of the deed. These are so intimately interrelated that not a single one could be removed without destroying the whole." Yet, while revelation is not the product of man's reason, and must come to man "from the outside," its content is of such a nature that it "forces" natural reason to "confirm" its truth. Alienating the Reformers by his supra-naturalism, and the Orthodox by his distinction between revelation and biblical-rabbinical literature, Steinheim had little influence on his contemporaries. In the 20th century, however, Hans Joachim Schoeps has made an attempt to utilize Steinheim's system in terms of modern existentialist thinking.
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