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Lot #    16748
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 1:47:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ueber die Beschneidung
Author    [First Ed.] Bar Amitai
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    T. C. Hermann'sche Buchhandlung
Publication Date    1843
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 20 pp., 218:138 mm., light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in later boards.
   Title: Ueber die Beschneidung: in historischer und dogmatischer hinsicht; ein Wort zu seiner Zeit; den Denkenden in Israel zur Prüfung vorgelegt

A volume on circumcision written by Joseph Johlson, who published anonymously under the pseudonym of Bar Amitai. "The last two pages contain what must be the first example of a common rite of entry into the covenant for boys and girls. Johlson calls it 'Die Heiligung am achten Tage (Keduschah lejom hasch'mini)."

Joseph Johlson was a German Bible translator and writer on educational topics; born in 1777 at Fulda; died at Frankfort-on-the-Main June 13, 1851. He was sometimes called "Fulda," after his native place, where his father was acting rabbi. In 1813 he was called to Frankfort as teacher at the Philanthropin, the recently founded Jewish school. He introduced systematic religious instruction, and in 1814, devotional exercises in connection with the school. He published the Twelve Minor Prophets, Carlsruhe, 1827, and "Die Heiligen Schriften der Israeliten: Nach dem Masoretischen Texte Wortgetreu Uebersetzt" (Genesis to Kings, 1831-36). Johlson's chief work was "Alume Yosef," an elementary book for Jewish schools, consisting of: (a) "Shoroshe ha-Dat," lessons in the Mosaic religion, 1814 (4th ed. 1840); (b) "Shire Yeshurun," Hebrew hymn-book, 1816 (4th ed., containing 600 hymns, 1840); (c) "Toledot Abot," a chronologically arranged Bible history, 1820 (2d ed., 1839). He wrote also: "Yesod ha-Lashon," a Hebrew grammar for schools (1833); "'Erek Millin," a Biblical Hebrew dictionary, with the corresponding synonyms, 1840; and, under the pen-name "Bar Amittai," "Ueber die Beschneidung in Historischer und Dogmatischer Hinsicht" (1843). Several letters addressed by him to L. Zunz have been published by S. Maybaum in the twelfth report of the "Lehranstalt für die Wissenschaft des Judenthums in Berlin."

   JE; Meyer, Michael A. Alienated intellectuals in the camp of religious reform: the Frankfurt Reformfreunde, 1842-1845" p.78. (AJS Review, Vol. 6, 1981)
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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