KIRCHNER, Paul Christian.

Jüdisches Ceremoniel, oder Beschreibung derjenigen Gebräuche,

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90504
Jüdisches Ceremoniel, oder Beschreibung derjenigen Gebräuche,
welche Die Juden so wol inn-als ausser dem Tempel... in acht zu nehmen pflegen.
Nunmehro aber bei dieser neuen Auflage mit accuraten Kupfern versehen... um vieles vermehret und mit Anmerkungen erläutert.
[Jewish Ceremonies, or Descriptions of Customs...]
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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