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Bidding Information
Lot #    13069
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 11:28:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Bibel und Babel
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Moritz Margulies
City    Kattowitz
Publisher    Julius Herlitz
Publication Date    1903
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 25 pp. 215:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in later bpards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Text of a lecture responding to the outrageous Bibel und Babel of Prof. Friedrich Delitzsch by Dr. Moritz Margulies. The full title is Bibel und Babel: Vortrag gehalten in der Concordia-Loge zu Kattowitz (Lecture held in the Concordia-Loge in Kattowitz). The lecture begins, that the subject of the lecture is the book of Prof. Delitzsch (Das bekannte Buch des Prof. Delitzsch, an dessen Titel der meines Vortrages anknüpft). Another response offered in this auction is Dr. Friedrich Eduard König’s Die Babel-Bibel-Frage.

Prof. Friedrich Delitzsch (1850–1922) was a German orientalist, son of Franz Delitzsch. Delitzsch and the outstanding student of E. Schrader. He served as professor of Semitic languages and Assyriology in Leipzig (1877), in Breslau (1893), and from 1899 in Berlin. Delitzsch was among the founders of modern Assyriology. In addition to his purely Assyriological studies he investigated the Hebrew language in its relation to Akkadian and the Semitic languages in relation to the Indo-European languages in Studien ueber indogermanisch-semitische Wurzelverwandtschaft (1873), and Prolegomena eines neuen hebraeisch-aramaeischen Woerterbuchs zum Alten Testament (1886). Delitzsch also published in the field of Bible. His Die Leseund Schreibfehler im Alten Testament... (1920) is a valuable aid to textual criticism. More controversial are his comparative studies of Babylonian culture and the world of the Bible. Their motivation was not objectively scientific but blatantly anti-Semitic. In 1902, Delitzsch prepared a number of lectures on the topic "Babel and Bible" (Babel und Bibel 1902–05; Eng. 1906), in which he claimed the absolute superiority of "Babylonia" over "Israel" and that the Bible, in and of itself, is devoid of religious and moral value. While his views were accepted by anti-Semites with joy, scholars and men of religion reacted sharply to the superficiality of his conclusions and to their evil intent. But Delitzsch, who was silenced for a while, repeated his claims after World War I, and this time in an open attack on Judaism and the Jews in his book, Die grosse Taeuschung (1921). His actions contributed not a little to the slogans of the anti-Semitic movements in Germany. The most important of the polemical works against Delitzsch is E. Koenig's work Friedrich Delitzsch's "Die grosse Taeuschung" kritisch beleuchtet (1921).

          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Religion
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica