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Êfés Dammîm,

A series of Conversations at Jerusalem between a Patriarch of the Greek Church and a Chief Rabbi of the Jews.

Stock Code 107164

London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1841

Original price $1,943.00 - Original price $1,943.00
Original price $1,943.00
$1,943.00
$1,943.00 - $1,943.00
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Isaac Baer Levinsohn (1788-1860, a.k.a. Ribal) was a Jewish scholar of Hebrew, satirist, writer and Haskalah movement leader. He has been called 'the Mendelssohn of Russia' and through his writing made an effort at improving the Jewish-Christian relations. Levinsohn was born into a wealthy family and his father was a merchant and a Talmudic scholar. Baer Levinshon was proclaimed a child prodigy after he composed a brilliant Kabbalistic essay at the age of nine.

Extremely knowledgeable in Rabbinic literature and the holy scripture, Levinsohn made his living by teaching Talmud and translating, he also wrote poetry, surrounding himself with other Jewish writers and thinkers and becoming part of the Haskalah movement.

From 1923 Levinsohn's health deteriorated and he became bedridden. Despite his illness, heavily influenced by the local ritual murder accusations against the Jewish community, he set out to write 'Efes Dammim' (translated as Zero Bloods) - a work in defence of the accused. The book is written in the form of a dialogue between the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Chief Rabbi, aiming 'to acquit the Jews before the eyes of Christians, and to save them from the false accusation of using Christian blood'.

First English edition; 8vo; scattered light foxing, some marginal toning, unopened at top edge, publisher's catalogue bound at end; publisher's maroon blindstamped cloth, gilt lettering to spine, boards sunned and slightly soiled, spine chipped at head and foot, corners rubbed, otherwise a good copy. xvi, 208, 16 pp.

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Êfés Dammîm,

LEVINSOHN, J. B.

Stock code: 107164

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