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Lot #    17395
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 12:34:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Studien eines Feldmarschalls über das Priester-
Author    [Only Ed.] S. Schweinburg-Eibenschitz
City    Baden bei Wien
Publisher    Sortiments-Verlag
Publication Date    1895
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 15 pp., 268:188 mm., heavy age staining, bound in later wrappers, original wrappers pasted down.
   The full title is Studien eines Feldmarschalls über das Priester-Orakel der alten hebräer.The text is in German and Latin. It deals with the Urim and Thummim , a priestly device for obtaining oracles. On the high priest's ephod (an apron-like garment) lay a breastpiece, a pouch inlaid with 12 precious stones engraved with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel - that held the Urim and Thummim (Ex. 28:1530; Lev. 8:8). By means of the Urim, the priest inquired of G-d on behalf of the ruler (Num. 27:21; cf. Yoma 7:5, "only for the king, the high court, or someone serving a need of the community"); they were one of the three legitimate means of obtaining oracles in early Israel (Urim, dreams, prophets; I Sam. 28:6). Owing to the oracular character of the Urim, the breastpiece is called "the breastpiece of decision". The right to work this oracle was reserved for the levitical priests (Deut. 33:8).

The field marshall referred to on the title page was Christoph Gottfried von Engelhardt (d.1767) who was familiar with the theosophical and cabbalistic thought of the secret societies of the eighteenth century, according to Nicholas Goodrick Clarke in his book The Occult Roots of Nazism: secret Aryan cults and their influence on Nazi ideology.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Bible:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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