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Lot #    6022
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 11:06:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shenot Dor ve-Dor
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Samuel Joseph Fuenn
City    Koenigsberg
Publisher    Samter & Rathke
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   50 pp., octavo, 190:115 mm., light age staining. A good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Historical chronical of biblical times by Samuel Joseph Fuenn. There are both Hebrew and German title pages, which state the purpose of the work to be to remember the events written in the Bible, Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations (Deuteronomy 32:7). Shenot Dor ve-Dor is written for Jewish school children. An introduction from Fuenn is followed by the text, in two columns in square vocalized Hebrew, although many names are also given in Latin letters. It begins with the creation of the world and concludes in 3658 with Alexander Macedonier.

Samuel Joseph Fuenn (Funn, 18181890) was a Hebrew writer of the more traditional wing of the Russian Haskalah and an early member of Hovevei Zion. He received a Talmudic education, and in secualar sciences. In 1848 the government appointed him professor of Hebrew and Jewish history in the newly founded rabbinical school of Vilna. Fuenn filled this position with great distinction until 1856, when he resigned. The government then appointed him superintendent of the Jewish public schools in the district of Vilna, in which he introduced instruction in the secular sciences and modern languages. He edited and published Ha-Karmel (186081), in which appeared the first chapters of his autobiography, Dor ve-Doreshav. Because of his moderate views on the Haskalah, his traditional way of life, and his financial independence, Fuenn achieved a prominent role in the leadership of the Vilna Jewish community.

His most important works are Keneset Yisrael (188690), a biographical lexicon of notable Jews, and Ha-Ozar, an extensive Hebrew dictionary; only the first volume appeared in Fuenns lifetime, the remaining three volumes were completed from his notes by S. P. Rabbinowitz (190003). A prolific writer, Fuenns other works include Divrei ha-Yamim li-Venei Yisrael (Vilna, 187177), a history of the Second Temple, Nidhe Yisrael, a history of the Jews and Jewish literature from the destruction of the Temple to 1170, (Vilna, 1850) and Kiryah Neemanah (Vilna, 1860), a monograph on the Vilna community, and textbooks and translations of juvenile historical novels and short stories.

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   EJ; JE; Vin Koenigsberg 80;Waxman III var. cit.; Zinberg XI var. cit.; CD-EPI 0157905
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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