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Lot #    8840
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 10:44:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Gesetze Hammurabis: Moses und Hammurabi
Author    Hugo Winckler: Johannes Jeremias
City    Leipzig
Publisher    J. C. Hinrich’sche buchhandlung
Publication Date    1903
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   44, [6]; 48 pp. 201:135 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Two works by German Orientalists on Hammarubi and, in the second instance, also on Moses. The first title is Die Gesetze Hammurabis: Königs von Babylon um 2250. Das alteste Gesetzebuch der Welt. (The Laws of Hammarubi: King of Babylon about 2250 BCE. The world’s oldest law book). Translated by Dr. Hugo Winckler. There is a photo of a stele which has a depiction which is describes as “Hammarubi receives his law from the sun god.” There is an introduction and then the text, which has the heading, Die Inschrift der Stele (The inscription of the stele). Die Gesetze Hammurabis concludes with an index and advertisements for additional works on Babel-Bibel-Literatur, among them Moses und Hammurabi. Between Die Gesetze Hammurabis and the second text is a photograph of a second stele, this a likeness of Hammarubi and located in the British Museum. The text is in Fraktur.

Hugo Winckler (1863–1913) was a German Orientalist. A professor at the Univ. of Berlin, Winckler was noted for his archaeological work. He helped to excavate the Phoenician city of Sidon. During excavations at Boğazköy in 1906–7 he discovered cuneiform tablets in Hittite (or Kanesian), a principal source for knowledge of the Hittites. The tablets represent the official archives of Hattusas, the capital of the Hittite empire, and detail foreign relations with the Egyptians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Greeks c.1300 B.C. E. The tablets were deciphered in 1924 by the Czech scholar Friedrich Hrozny.

The second work, Moses und Hammurabi, is by Dr. Johannes Jeremias, Minister (Pfarrer) in Gottleuba, Sachsen. There is introductory material and several chapters that deal with the Pentateuch in light of the Code of Hammarubi, a comparison of the Torah and the Code of Hammarubi, and finally, Moses and Hammarubi. The text is in modern German letters.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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