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The spirit of Hebrew poetry . Translated from the German, by James Marsh.

Herder, Johann Gottfried von.

Published by Edward Smith, Burlington, [Vt.], 1833
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First English language edition. Complete set in two volumes. Johann Gottfried von Herder's "theoretical commitment to strict secularism in biblical interpretation led him to interpretive discoveries concerning the bible which were in themselves of epoch-making importance. For example, concerning the Old Testament, his commitment to applying normal hermeneutical methods enabled him to distinguish and define the different genres of poetry in the Old Testament in a way that was superior to anything done before him. Also, that commitment, and in particular his consequent readiness to find falsehood and even inconsistency in the bible, allowed him to make such important interpretive observations as that the ancient Jews' conceptions about death, afterlife, mind, and body, had changed dramatically over time. (For these two achievements, see especially On the Spirit of Hebrew Poetry.) Again, that commitment, and in particular Herder's consequent rejection of unwarranted allegorical interpretations, allowed him to substitute for the prevailing interpretation of the Song of Solomon as religious allegory an interpretation of it as simple erotic love poetry which is today generally accepted as correct (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)." Small 8vo. 2 vols. I: 293, [1] pp. II: 320 pp. Checklist American Imprints 19283. Contemporary quarter brown cloth over plain paper boards, spines with paper title label and library shelf label. Spines chipped at head and base, front cover of vol. II separated. Boards exposed on corners; paper flaking off on edges. Title labels browned; chipped on edges; and rubbed all-over with some loss of printing. Ex-library, with charge slips affixed to rear free endpapers, call number in pencil on verso of title-pages, rubber-stamp on front pastedown of vol. II. Other markings: On the front pastedowns of both vols. is a five-digit number in ink and the signature of a contemporary owner. Some light foxing. Several page edges chipped or a little ragged. Bookseller Inventory # 20239

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Title: The spirit of Hebrew poetry . Translated ...

Publisher: Edward Smith, Burlington, [Vt.]

Publication Date: 1833

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