Diqduk Leshon ʻivrit: Dickdook Leshon Gneebrit: A grammar of the Hebrew tongue

Diqduk Leshon ʻivrit: Dickdook Leshon Gneebrit: A grammar of the Hebrew tongue

Collection ID

PBK.003395

Type

Printed Book

Date

1735

Geography

Boston, Massachusetts (United States)

Language

Hebrew, English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.25 × 7.5 × 0.75 in. (22.5 × 19 × 1.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


This is the first book containing significant Hebrew text printed in America, it was printed with type specially imported from London. Judah Monis (1683–1764), the book’s author, was a Jew who received his master of arts from Harvard College in 1720. He converted to Christianity in 1722, which then enabled him to join the Harvard faculty as an instructor of Hebrew. The book was printed by Jonas Green (1712–1767). Monis was not well accepted in either the Christian or Jewish communities of his time, since the Christians mistrusted the sincerity of his conversion and the Jews felt betrayed by it.

Printed in 1735 by Jonas Green, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired by John Hancock.[1] Acquired by Samuel West in 1754.[2] Acquired by Ted Steinbock, private collector, Louisville, Kentucky; Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] “John Hancock his book” is written and scratched out on the title page. Based on the signature, this is unlikely to be the well-known signatory of the Declaration of Independence and is probably either his father or grandfather, both of whom were Harvard ordained pastors in Massachusetts in the eighteenth century. [2] “Samuel West eius libes 1754” written inside front board.

description

This is the first book containing significant Hebrew text printed in America, it was printed with type specially imported from London. Judah Monis (1683–1764), the book’s author, was a Jew who received his master of arts from Harvard College in 1720. He converted to Christianity in 1722, which then enabled him to join the Harvard faculty as an instructor of Hebrew. The book was printed by Jonas Green (1712–1767). Monis was not well accepted in either the Christian or Jewish communities of his time, since the Christians mistrusted the sincerity of his conversion and the Jews felt betrayed by it.


provenance

Printed in 1735 by Jonas Green, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired by John Hancock.[1] Acquired by Samuel West in 1754.[2] Acquired by Ted Steinbock, private collector, Louisville, Kentucky; Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] “John Hancock his book” is written and scratched out on the title page. Based on the signature, this is unlikely to be the well-known signatory of the Declaration of Independence and is probably either his father or grandfather, both of whom were Harvard ordained pastors in Massachusetts in the eighteenth century. [2] “Samuel West eius libes 1754” written inside front board.


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