Pentateuch Samson Raphael Hirsch Chumash Bible Jewish Commentary 6v Best Cond.

  • $320.00


6 Volume set, Pentateuch with the legendary commentary of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, 19th century German Rabbi, translation to English by Isaac Levy. This is the larger blue set up for sale, the most enjoyable set to study from. this includes some of the dust covers in decent condition as shown. (Pictures to come) Note: some of the years on the dust covers don't match the actual volume publication date.
Set includes: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus I, Leviticus II, Numbers, Deuteronomy. This is a must for critical Bible Study of the Old Testament and even a help when comparing to the New Testament. Comes with 5 out of the 6 elusive dust covers.

Condition: This set is graded 9/10 according to my grading scale for books, keep in mind that part of what I consider in grading is what is available and typical at the time of listing for the specific book I am grading. So as far as these large volumes of the Hirsch Chumash set are concerned. It is extremely difficult to find good quality volumes. When I say good quality, I mean possessing bright white pages, not yellowing, no unsightly stains, no marker blotting, not all written up, or rubbed out and flat or stained covers or unsightly inscriptions. This set up for sale has none of the above, but has what I consider minor imperfections outlined below.

There is no writing, highlighting or inscriptions or library cards in any of the books except for a small sentence of calligraphy on the blank page of one volume. The set still has original satin gloss on the covers and spines, pages are bright white, no ugly stains on pages or sides.
For clarity I want to delineate the following imperfections: A couple covers have a portion of cover gloss flat as these covers are virtually impossible to find unmarred. One volume has a small area of foxing on the side of pages, but not on the pages themselves.
I have provided a picture of one of the volume's cover just to show what I mean by the satin gloss that is still on the covers.

Samson Raphael Hirsch (June 20, 1808 – December 31, 1888) was a German rabbi best known as the intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Occasionally termed neo-Orthodoxy, his philosophy, together with that of Azriel Hildesheimer, has had a considerable influence on the development of Orthodox Judaism.[1] 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 Reform Judaism and similarly opposed early forms of Conservative Judaism.A final area of his work, which has only recently been rediscovered, was his etymological analysis of the Hebrew language. Most of this work is contained in his Torah commentary, where he analyses and compares the shorashim (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

Part of what I have shown is his masterful commentary on Moses and his interaction with his father in law Jethro, interpreted in the most human terms and aligning so well with the simplistic reading of the text.


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