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Lot #    16472
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 11:30:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Zoo Without an Animal
Title (Hebrew)    היער באין דב
Author    [Polemic - Anti-Christian] Ephraim Deinard
City    St. Louis
Publisher    Moinester Printing Co.
Publication Date    1929
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 238, [2] pp., 258:172 mm., extra wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporarycloth boards.
   “Conclusive evidence, based upon the Bible, the Talmud, Jewish history, and the testimony of Christian scholars, that Jesus never existed.” The volume was Deinard’s last publication and he died the following year.

Ephraim Deinard (1846–1930), bibliographer and Hebrew author. Born in Sasmakken, Latvia, Deinard wandered in his youth, collecting ancient manuscripts and books in many countries, and then established a bookshop in Odessa. In 1897 he tried unsuccessfully to found an agricultural settlement in Nevada (U.S.). An active Zionist, he settled in Palestine in 1913 where he investigated the possibilities of Jewish settlement. After being expelled by the Turks in 1916 he returned to the United States and continued his bibliographical work. His two most noteworthy bibliographical works are Or Mayer: Catalogue of the Old Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Library of the Hon. Mayer Sulzberger of Philadelphia (1896) and Koheleth America (1926), a listing of Hebrew books published in America from 1735 to 1926. The first part of the latter work contains essays on the state of Hebrew literature in America, which are written in his unadorned, but typically acerbic, style. He laid the foundations of the Hebrew book and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress with the financial aid of Jacob Schiff. A violent polemicist on many controversial subjects, he attacked Reform Judaism, Hasidism, Christianity, and Karaism. Deinard was a prolific Hebrew writer, producing more than 50 books and pamphlets often signed with his pseudonym, Adir. These included Toledot Even Reshef (1879; a biography of Abraham Firkovich, whom he knew in the Crimea); Sefer Massa Krim (1878; on travels in Crimea); Massa le-Erez Kedem (1883; travels in Palestine and Egypt); Sefer Miflagot be-Yisrael (1899; on the Subbotniki and Hasidim); Zikhronot Bat Ammi (1920; a history of Russian Jewry over the previous 70 years). He also published several short-lived Hebrew and Yiddish journals, among them Ha-Le'ummi, one of the earliest Hebrew periodicals in America.

Paragraph 2    יוכיח ... על פי התורה, התלמוד ודברי ימי ישראל, מלבד עדות גדולי חכמי הנוצרים, כי האליל ישו הנוצרי לא היה ולא נברא ... רק ... בדוי מפי היונים עובדי האלילים וצוררי ישראל במצרים. ונוסף על כל אלה, עדות השקרים והסתירות בעוואנגעליום ... מאת אפרים דיינארד ...
   CD-EPI 0125888; Israel Schapiro, “Ephraim Deinard,” PAJHS 34 (1937), p. 163 (no. 52)
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica