8vo. 336 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S) : Emden, Jacob, 1697-1776. Emden (1697-1776) was a "rabbi, halakhic authority, kabbalist, and anti-Shabbatean polemicist [and] was regarded as one of the outstanding scholars of his generation. " "He inherited his father's interest in secular studies, his dissociation from the Ashkenazi method of study (pilpul) and customs, his stormy, independent, and uncompromising character, and his devotion to the campaign against the Shabbateans and their sympathizers. In addition, he possessed a fine literary talent, a critical tendency and a knowledge unusual for his age of general non-halakhic Jewish literature. He was also familiar with sciences and languages (German, Dutch, Latin) . Despite his distinguished descent and his remarkable talmudic attainments, Emden occupied no official position, with the exception of a few years as rabbi of Emden (in Germany, 1728–1733) . This made it possible for him to be exceptionally critical toward the society and the tradition of his time. He was more on guard about anything that he considered hillul ha-Shem (bringing the name of the Jew into disrepute) than for the good name of the rabbinate and of the community. He made extensive use of the private printing press he founded in Altona to disseminate his views. As a result, because of his views on a number of issues, both personal and communal, he became a figure of contention. "(Samet, EJ) Ex library with number on spine and front end paper, bookplate, and an unobtrusive blank pocket on the rear pastedown. Otherwise very good condition. (RAB-14-4). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: JACOB EMDEN: A MAN OF CONTROVERSY.
Publication Date: 1937
Book Description Dropsie College foe Hebrew and Cognate Learning, Philadelphia, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: g to vg+. First edition. Quarto. 336pp. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. The work is a biography and critical analysis of the life and work of the German Rabbi and Talmudist Jacob Emden, also known as Ya'avetz (1697- 1776). The book covers his life from his early childhood through his rabbinic ordination, scholarly work, controversial opinions, wanderings, later life and ultimately his death in Altona. The book focuses in detail on the controversy surrounding Emden and his dispute with and attacks on Jonathan Eybeschütz the German Rabbi, Talmudist and Kabbalist. Bibliography, notes, and index at back of book. Binding with bumping and rubbing to corners and head & tail of spine. Gilt lettering on spine rubbed. Binding in overall good, interior in very good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 40741
Book Description Dropsie College for Hebrew and cognate Learning, 1937. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. front cover faintly sunned with small stains. spine faded. a nice copy with tight binding, clean interior. Bookseller Inventory # 589424