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Willhelm Gesenius' hebräisches Elementarbuch. Erster Theil. Hebräische Grammatik. Neu bearbeitet und herausgegeben von E. Rödiger

Gesenius,Willhelm; E. Rödiger (ed.)

Published by Rengersche Buchhandlung, Leipzig, 1854
Condition: vg Hardcover
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8vo. x. 334pp. 315pp. Marbled paper covered boards. Hebrew grammar book by acclaimed German theologist and Orientalist Wilhelm Gesenius a.k.a. Gesenijs (see below). Alphabetic index, errata page and fold-out-table of Ancient Semitic languages at end. Age wear to binding. Minor browning to inside. For the large part, clean and tight. In German, with some Hebrew insertion. Very good condition. On Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius (from the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition):GESENIIJS, HEINRICH FRIEDRICH WILHELM (1786-1842), German orientalist and biblical critic, was born at Nordhausen, Hanover, on the 3rd of February 1786. In 1803 he became a student of philosophy and theology at the university of Helmstedt, where Heinrich Henke (1752-1809) was his most influential teacher; but the latter part of his university course was taken at Gottingen, where J.?G. Eichhorn and T. C. Tychsen (1758-1834) were then at the height of their popularity. In 18o6, shortly after graduation, he became Repetent and Privatdozent in that university; and, as he was fond of afterwards relating, had Neander for his first pupil in Hebrew. In 1810 he became professor extraordinarius in theology, and in 1811 ordinarius, at the university of Halle, where, in spite of many offers of high preferment elsewhere, he spent the rest of his life. He taught with great regularity for upward of thirty years, the only interruptions being that of 1813-1814 (occasioned by the War of Liberation, during which the university was closed) and those occasioned by two prolonged literary tours, first in 1820 to Paris, London and Oxford with his colleague Johann Karl Thilo (1794-1853) for the examination of rare oriental manuscripts, and in 1835 to England and Holland in connexion with his Phoenician studies. He soon became the most popular teacher of Hebrew and of Old Testament introduction and exegesis in Germany; during his later years his lectures were attended by nearly five hundred students. Among his pupils the most eminent were Peter von Bohlen (1796-1840), A. G. Hoffmann (1769-1864), Hermann Hupfeld, Emil Rodiger (1801-1874), J. F. Tuch (18o6-1867), W. Vatke (1806-1882) and Theodor Benfey (1809-1881). In 1827, after declining an invitation to take Eichhorn's place at Gottingen, Gesenius was made a Consistorialrath; but, apart from the violent attacks to which he, along with his friend and colleague Julius Wegscheider, was in 183o subjected by E. W. Hengstenberg and his party in the Evangelise/se Kirchenzeitung, on account of his rationalism, his life was uneventful. He died at Halle on the 23rd of October 1842. To Gesehius belongs in a large measure the credit of having freed Semitic philology from the trammels of theological and religious prepossession, and of inaugurating the strictly scientific (and comparative) method which has since been so fruitful. As an exegete he exercised a powerful, and on the whole a beneficial, influence on theological investigation.Of his many works, the earliest, published in 1810, entitled Versuch fiber die maltesische Sprache, was a successful refutation of the widely current opinion that the modern Maltese was of Punic origin. In thesame year appeared the first volume of the Hebrdisches u. Chaldaisches Handworterbuch, completed in 1812. Revised editions of this appear periodically in Germany, e.g. that of H.Limmern and F. Buhl (1905). The publication of a new English edition was started in 1892 under the editorship of Professors C. A. Briggs, S. R. Driver and F. Brown. The Hebraische Grammatik, published in 1813 (27th edition by E. Kautzsch; English translation from 25th and 26th German editions by G. W. Collins and A. E. Cowley, 1898), was followed in 1815 by the Geschichte der hebraischen Sprache (now very rare), and in 1817 by the Ausfuhrliches Lehrgebaude der hebraise/ten Sprache. The first volume of his well-known commentary on Isaiah (Der Prophet Jesaja), with a translation, appeared in 1821 ; but the work was not completed un. Bookseller Inventory # 18308

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Title: Willhelm Gesenius' hebräisches Elementarbuch...

Publisher: Rengersche Buchhandlung, Leipzig

Publication Date: 1854

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

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