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Biblia Hebraica
Philadelphia: Cura et Impensis Thomae Dobson, 1814. Philadelphia: Cura et Impensis Thomae Dobson, 1814. First edition. Leather_bound. Fine. Secundum ultimam editionem Jos. Athiae, a Johanne Leusden denuo recognitam, recensita variisque notis latinis illustrata ab Everardo Van Der Hooght, V.D.M. Editio prima Americana, sine punctis masorethicis. Philadelphia: Cura et Impensis Thomae Dobson, MDCCCXIV [1814]. Half titles present in each volume. Two volumes, octavo. Modern calf binding, supplied half-title volume 2, some staining, otherwise a fine set.& & Hebrew was held in such high esteem by the founders of the American Republic that a story emerged at the time of the Revolution that Hebrew was being considered as a possible substitute for English as the American language. The reason had as much to do with absolute indifference towards anything having to do with England as it had with America’s symbolic view of equating our rebellion against the British with the struggle of the Israelites against the Egyptian Pharaoh.& Ironically, as Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people, gained acceptance and status among the New World gentiles, less than half of the original states, at the time of the 1814 printing, accepted the political equality of the Jew in America.& The study of the Bible was the cornerstone of learning in Puritan America. Indeed, it was oftentimes the only book the common folk would ever read during their lifetime. Despite a drop off in Biblical interest at the turn of the 18th century (in favor of the new developments in science and technology) a major rev … [Click Below for Full Description]
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