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Lot #    5537
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 12:24:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Compendio della Religione Israelitica
Author    R. Marco Mortara
City    Mantova
Publisher    Antonio Beretta
Publication Date    1855
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. XVIII, [2], 2, 7-232, [1] pp., quarto, 200:131 mm., lacks pp. 3-6, several pp. with tears and creases.
   Textbook for young adults on the Jewish Religion. The book is divided into chapters of questions and answers in all the pertinent areas of the religion.

R. Marco Mortara (18151894), Italian rabbi and scholar. He attended the rabbinical seminary in Padua under Samuel David Luzzatto, was ordained in 1836, and from 1842 officiated as rabbi of Mantua. Mortara represented the liberal trend in Judaism in Italy and argued that a distinction be made between the Jewish religion and Jewish nationality. He proposed a conference of Italian rabbis in 1866 in order to secure certain reforms in Jewish practices but his suggestion did not materialize. In the sphere of biblical study, Mortara opposed the documentary hypothesis and argued for the unity and Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch (1843). He considered that the task of Judaism was to spread monotheism and morality throughout the world and that this was facilitated by the Dispersion. Mortara published books on the principles of Judaism and a new edition of the prayer book whose translation into Italian was based on that by S. D. Luzzatto.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Italian, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica