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Lot #    19699
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 12:06:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Two lectures on the life and writings of Maimonide
Author    Dr. A. Benisch
City    London:
Publisher    Wertheim, Aldine,Chambers
Publication Date    1848
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Frontispiece, vi, 56 pp., 220:142 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
Paragraph 1    This is the second edition of the publication of two lectures on Moses ben Maimon, which were delivered at the Jews amd General LIterary and Scientific Institution by Dr. A. Benisch.

Added to the lectures are a list of the works of Maimonides, elucidatory notes and a list of other works containing information relative to Maimonides.

   Abraham Benisch (18141878)was an author, scholar, and precursor of Zionism. Benisch was born in Drossau, Bohemia. As a student of medicine at the University of Prague he joined Moritz Steinschneider, who founded a student organization for the purpose of "reestablishing Jewish independence in Erez Israel." Continuing his studies in Vienna in 1838, Benisch, and Albert Loewy, established a secret society, Die Einheit, whose purpose was to initiate organized Jewish immigration to Erez Israel. With this aim in mind he talked to Adolphe Cremieux and, in 1841, proceeded to London with a letter of recommendation from the House of Rothschild to influential Jewish circles. Receiving no tangible support, Benisch nevertheless continued to promote his views in the periodical The Voice of Jacob (184148), and in 1853 started the Hebrew Observer as a rival to the then 12-year-old Jewish Chronicle. In 1854 the paper was merged with the Jewish Chronicle, which for the next 13 years, and again from 1875 to 1878, was edited by Benisch, under the title Jewish Chronicle and Hebrew Observer.

During these years Benisch utilized every opportunity, including the Damascus Affair and the Crimean War, to raise the question of Jewish revival in Erez Israel. He collaborated with Charles Netter in founding the Mikveh Israel agricultural school. He was one of the founders and first directors of the Anglo-Jewish Association and carried on an unceasing campaign for the rights of the Jews in Russia and the Balkan countries. In his articles before and during the Congress of Berlin (1878), Benisch stressed the importance of Jewish settlement of Erez Israel as integral to the solution of Near Eastern problems. Benisch published a Hebrew commentary on the Book of Ezekiel (1836), and wrote Two Lectures on the Life and Writings of Maimonides (1847). He translated the Bible into English (1851), and in the same year also translated into English the Travels of Pethahiah b. Jacob of Regensburg. He wrote a Hebrew grammar and a scripture manual in 1852, entitled Bikkurei ha-Limmud, and An Essay on Bishop Colenso's Criticism of the Pentateuch and Joshua (1863). A collection of his lectures entitled Judaism Surveyed appeared in 1874.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
History:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica