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The Legacy of German Jewry$
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001

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The Jewish Quest for a German Bible

The Jewish Quest for a German Bible

(p.182) Twenty-Two The Jewish Quest for a German Bible
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the German Jewry's quest for the publication of a German Bible. This quest was achieved in 1783 when Moses Mendelssohn completed his German translation of the Hebrew Bible, including five books of Moses in Hebrew characters, and his version of the Psalms already published in German. The German Jewry's translations of the Hebrew Bible represented a linguistic reawakening of the Jewish people's authentic and essential spirit, following in the footsteps of Jewish communities that had achieved the feat of translating the Bible first into Greek, then Aramaic and finally Arabic.

Keywords:   German Jewry, Moses Mendelssohn, Hebrew Bible, German Bible, linguistic reawakening

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