By-paths in Hebraic Bookland, Israel Abrahams, Philadelphia - (Baltimore) 1920 (49394)

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Lot Number: 49394
Title (English): By-paths in Hebraic Bookland
Note: First Edition
Author: Israel Abrahams
City: Philadelphia - (Baltimore)
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication Date: 1920
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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First edition. 371 pp., octavo, 202:128 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boards, rubbed.


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From the intro: It was the author's intention to interest rather than instruct, to suggest the importance of certain authors and books, perhaps to rouse the reader to probe deeper than the writer himself has done in subjects of which here the mere surface is touched. Many of the papers found in this volume appeared in a popular weekly, the London Jewish World, while others were specially written for this volume. The books discussed within are worthy of consideration. Beyond doubt, most of them belong to the category of the significant and some of them even attain the rank of epoch making. These papers are offered to those familiar as well as to those unfamiliar with the works themselves.

Israel Abrahams, MA (honoris causa) (b. London, November 26, 1858; d. Cambridge, October 6, 1925) was one of the most distinguished Jewish scholars of his generation. He wrote a number of classics on Judaism, most notably, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages (1896)

He was educated at Jews' College, where his father Barnett Abrahams served as principal, and at University College, London. In 1881, he received the degree of MA from the University of London. Abrahams taught secular subjects as well as homiletics at Jews' College, and was appointed senior tutor of that institution in 1900. He was a forceful lecturer and an earnest lay preacher. As honorary secretary of the Jewish Historical Society of England and as a member of the Committee for Training Jewish Teachers, he was very active. He was also a member of the Committee of the Anglo-Jewish Association, and of several other institutions of the community.

Abrahams collaborated with Claude Montefiore to write the book Aspects of Judaism, which was published in 1895. His chief works were Jewish Life in the Middle Ages (1896) and Chapters on Jewish Literature (1898). In 1889, he became joint editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review and helped materially to raise the prestige of the publication. He was a prolific contributor to periodical literature, and was especially well known for his articles on literary subjects, which appeared weekly in the Jewish Chronicle under the title of "Books and Bookmen." He also contributed to the Encyclopaedia Biblica (1903).

In 1902, after teaching for several years at Jews' College, Abrahams succeeded Solomon Schechter, who was moving to New York to head the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as reader in Talmudic and Rabbinic literature at the University of Cambridge. He received the honorary degree Master of Arts (MA) from the University in late May 1902. In 1914, he published A Companion to the Authorised Prayer Book, a helpful commentary on and supplement to the prayer book edited by Simeon Singer. Singer himself had intended to write such a work, but died before he had progressed very far. Revised editions appeared in 1922 and 1932. In 1922 he was invited to deliver the Schweich Lecture of the British Academy. The lectures were published under the title Campaigns in Palestine from Alexander the Great


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