From Christian Hebraism to Jewish Studies: Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629) and Hebrew Learning in the Seventeenth Century

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BRILL, 1996 - History - 317 pages
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This book examines how Johannes Buxtorf's works helped to transform seventeenth-century Hebrew studies from the hobby of a few experts into a recognized academic discipline. The first two chapters examine Buxtorf's career as a professor of Hebrew and as an editor and censor of Jewish books in Basel. Successive chapters analyze his anti-Jewish polemical books, grammars and lexicons, and manuals for Hebrew composition and literature, including the first bibliography devoted to Jewish books. The final chapters treat his work in biblical studies, examining his contribution to Targum and Massorah studies, and his position on the age and doctrinal authority of the Hebrew vowel points. The chapters on anti-Jewish polemics and the vowel points will interest Jewish historians and Church historians.
 

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Contents

The Career Path of a Christian Hebraist
7
Censorship and the Hebrew Book Trade
35
Theological Polemics and Buxtorfs
54
The Development of Hebrew Grammar
103
PostBiblical Hebrew Literature
134
A Hebrew Textus Receptus Buxtorf
169
Tiberias and the Vowel Point Controversy
203
Conclusion
240
Correspondence of Johannes Buxtorf
252
Yiddish Booklist of 1609
269
Bibliography
285
Index of Names and Places
308
Subject Index
314
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Stephen G. Burnett, Ph.D. (1990) in Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has published extensively on Christian Hebraism, Jewish printing, and anti-Jewish polemics in Reformation era Germany and Switzerland

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