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Lot #    13322
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:34:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sechs Predigten
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Moritz Guedemann
City    Vienna
Publisher    Carl Gerold's Sohn
Publication Date    1867
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. VI, [1], 66, [1] pp., 201:132 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Dr. Moritz Guedemann (18351918), Austrian rabbi, historian, and apologete. Guedemann was born in Hildesheim, Prussia; he was ordained at the Breslau Jewish Theological Seminary, in 1862. Guedemann was appointed rabbi in Magdeburg in 1862. Four years later he went to Vienna as a maggid and in 1868 became a rabbi there. In matters of Jewish law and practice he took a conservative position, opposing, for example, the introduction of the organ and the omission of prayers relating to Zion, which contrasted with his liberal outlook in scholarly matters. In 1869 he was appointed head of the Vienna bet din and in 1891 became chief rabbi with Adolf Jellinek and sole chief rabbi on the latter's death in 1894.

This period was one of rapid growth for the Vienna Jewish community and also of intensified political anti-Semitism. Guedemann played an active role in developing communal institutions. With Joseph Bloch he organized the Oesterreichisch-Israelitische Union (1886) and also helped found the Israelitisch-Theologische Lehranstalt in 1893. Though Guedemann had not been trained as a historian, most of his numerous contributions to scholarship were in that field. His major work was Die Geschichte des Erziehungswesens und der Cultur der abendlaendischen Juden (3 vols., 188088), the first systematic attempt to examine some of the underlying trends and institutions of medieval Jewish life in terms of their non-Jewish milieu. Other works include Das juedische Unterrichtswesen waehrend der spanisch-arabischen Periode (1873) and Quellenschriften zur Geschichte des Unterrichts und der Erziehung bei den deutschen Juden (1892). During the final decades of his life Guedemann devoted an increasing amount of his scholarly output to the refutation of academic anti-Semitism. His Juedische Apologetik appeared in 1906.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica