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Zunz, Leopold.

Published by Berlin, 1832
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Berlin: A. Asher, 1832. Cloth; 8vo. Xv, 481 pages. Deckled edges. First edition. In German. Bibliographical citations. "Verzeichnis der benutzten . Werke": [2] pages following page 481. SUBJECT (S) : Judaism -- Liturgy. Hebrew literature -- History and criticism. Bible. O. T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. Leopold Zunz was the founder of the modern "science of Judaism; " this work was "destined to be the most important Jewish work published in the nineteenth century. In the preface, which was no less remarkable than the contents, the German authorities were arraigned for their refusal to grant the Jews the justice due them by right and for their reluctance to accord them liberty instead of special rights and privileges. The Jews were entitled to be citizens of Germany. Jewish science too ought no longer to be excluded from governmental patronage, but should have institutions provided for its development. In the synagogues the living word was once more to resound, for the sermon had always been an institution of Judaism. The book afforded the proof, and its purpose was to trace the historic growth of this synagogal institution. This preface was suppressed by the government and cut out from most copies of the first edition. The work itself was a masterly exposition of the gradual growth and evolution of homiletic literature, traced through the Midrash, the Haggadah, and the prayer-book. It was the first book to assign dates and to disclose the relative interdependence of the various documents. Besides showing that the sermon was thoroughly Jewish, the book demonstrated that Judaism had a science which could justly claim equality with the studies admitted to university standing. It proved, furthermore, that Judaism was a growing force, not a crystallized law. Scientific throughout, the book had a powerful influence in shaping the principles of Reform Judaism, especially as applied to the prayer-books. For all time to come the "Gottesdienstliche Vorträge" fixed the method which the literary exploration of Jewish literaturemust follow to a certain degree, even though the merely formal criterion of the mention of a literary document is urged too strongly as decisive in assigning to it its date and place. With this book Zunz rose at once to the pinnacle of recognized leadership. His discriminating insight, his power of combination, his sound scholarship, his classic reserve, and his dignity of presentation proclaimed him master. No second edition of the "Gottesdienstliche Vorträge" was prepared by the author, but it was reprinted after his death (Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1892; comp. E. G. Hirsch, "Die Jubiläen Zweier Werke, " in "Der Zeitgeist, " 1882) . " (JE) Previous owners' signatures on inside front cover and title page. Wear and damp stain to covers, spine chipped. Previous repair with black cloth tape on top section of spine. Binding tight. Text in very good condition. (RAB-48-14) mx3, RAB6, ger7new, nd. Bookseller Inventory # 24766

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Publisher: Berlin

Publication Date: 1832

Binding: Hardcover

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