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KIRCHNER, Paul Christian.

Jüdisches Ceremoniel, oder Beschreibung derjenigen Gebräuche,

Stock Code
90504
Nürnberg, Peter Conrad Monath, 1726
£2,550

Fundamental and richly illustrated work describing Jewish customs, rituals and costumes.

This detailed description of Jewish ceremonial customs by Paul Christian Kirchner, a Jewish convert to Christianity, was first published in 1717 and then re-edited by the Christian Hebraist Sebastian Jacob Jugendres, who added his own commentary to the work, in 1724. The new edition included twenty-eight copperplate engravings (nine signed by Johann Georg Puschner) depicting a variety of Jewish rituals, including events marking the life cycle within the synagogue community, such as circumcision, presentation of the first born, prayer at the synagogue, wedding, purification of the bride, the washing of the
brother-in-law's feet, divorce, the feast of reconciliation, death rites, burials, the Sabbath, and various holiday ceremonies. The illustrations are accompanied by four pages of legends that clarify them in detail.

The book was intended for a German audience. Kirchner sought to persuade other Jews to follow his lead and convert to

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Description

Small 4to, (21 x 17.5 cm). pp. [4], 226, [13], engraved frontispiece, title page in red and black, 27 engraved folding illustration plates. Later floral boards.

Bibliography

Freimann S. 148; Lipperheide Oc 20; Hiler 500; cf. Fürst II, 190.

Stock ID:90504

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