Description: 6 Volume hardcover set of The Pentateuch with the legendary commentary of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, 19th century German Rabbi and linguist. This set includes the first 5 books of the Hebrew Old Testament Bible (Five Books Of Moses) with the original Hebrew and the original English translation side by side. Additionally it has the commentary of Samson Raphael Hirsch translated into English under the solid black demarcation line. It is the most reliable translation of the original German commentary and the first one, rendered by Isaac Levy, the grandson of the author. He was the one who accepted the traditions of his grandfather, enabling him to retain the original intent of the author. The accuracy of this translation is paramount, due to his scholarship, and his familiarity with the German language and vernacular, which is essential when translating. The set includes the following books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus 1, Leviticus 2, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Being that this is the rare, convenient, handy travel size, it measures 7.5 by 5.25 inches.
Condition: This set has clear and clean text pages throughout, and sharp page corners. Cover edge dye is vibrantly blue and beautiful. A few of the end-pages have some spotting, but all the title pages are very clean. Some minor imperfections and/or small spine edge rips or frays on outside cover hinge area, top and bottom of a couple volumes. Binding is nice and tight. Covers and spine cover surfaces are very nice. Genesis volume has some discoloration to top edge corner dye only, not affecting interior of pages. Printed in 1973, in Gateshead, England.
Samson Raphael Hirsch (June 20, 1808 – December 31, 1888) was a German rabbi best known as the intellectual founder of modernity within Judaism and Scientific and Historical study of Judaism coupled with the desire to maintain what is possible of the Traditional sources, within a modern cultured German society. Occasionally termed neo-Orthodoxy, his philosophy, together with that of Azriel Hildesheimer, has had a considerable influence on the development of the Orthodox Judaism in 19th century Germany. Hirsch was rabbi in Oldenburg, Emden, and was subsequently appointed chief rabbi of Moravia. From 1851 until his death, Hirsch led the secessionist Orthodox community in Frankfurt am Main. He wrote a number of influential books, and for a number of years published the monthly journal Jeschurun, in which he outlined his philosophy of Judaism. He was a vocal opponent of early Reform Judaism, feeling they went too far. His originality and creativity shines in his etymological treatment of the Hebrew language. Most of this work is contained in his Torah commentary, where he analyses and compares the three-letter root forms of a large number of Hebrew words and develops an etymological system of the Hebrew language. This approach is based on the idea that letters that share a phonetic similarity, have similar meaning. For example, the words Zohar (light), Tzohar (translucent window), and Tahor (purity) are related words because the letters Zayin, Tzadie, and Tet are phonetically similar. This is an approach used in many places by the renowned biblical commentator Rashi as well. Although this effort was, in his own words, “totally unscientific”, it has led to the recent publication of an “etymological dictionary of the Hebrew language”. Although Hirsch does not mention his influences (apart from traditional Jewish sources), later authors have identified ideas from the Kuzari (Yehuda Halevi), Nahmanides and the Maharal of Prague in his works. Nevertheless, most of his ideas are original.
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