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Lot #    13567
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 11:06:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Friedrich Delitzsch’ Grosse Taeuschung
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] E. Koenig
City    Berlin
Publisher    M. Poppelauer
Publication Date    1920
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 16 pp., octavo, 215:148 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper boards.
   Response to the purportedly scholarly but certainly anti-Semitic Die grosse Täuschung of Friedrich Delitzsch by E. Koenig. Issued as Verössentlichungen des Vereins für jüdische Geschichte und Literatur nr. 2 (Publications of the Association for Jewish history and literature), no. 2, it is a critical response to Delitzsch. The full title of Delitzsch’s book is Kritische Betrachtungen zu den alttestamentlichen Berichten über Israels Eindringen in Kanaan, die Gottesoffenbarung vom Sinai und die Wirksamkeit der Propheten, von Friedrich Delitzsch (The big deception. Critical considerations to the Old Testament reports on the penetration of Israel into Canaan, God's revelation at Sinai, and the effectiveness of the prophets). The full title of this work is Friedrich Delitzsch’ Grosse Taeuschung im Lichte der Wissenschaft (The great deception in the light of science).

Friedrich Delitzsch (1850–1922), German orientalist was 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
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica