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Title: Troisiéme Lettre d'un Rabbin Converti, aux Israélites ses Frères, sur les Motifs de sa Conversion. Prophétie d'Isaïe VII. 14. Expliquées par les Traditions de la Synagogue.
Description: Rome, l'Auteur, au collége de St. Bonaventure; Bourliè, and Paris, Bricon, etc., 1833. Royal octavo. Pp. xvii, 364. Footnotes, errata. Bound in the original printed wrappers, these spotted, bit chipped, strengthened along spine, manuscript shelf-label. (Fore-edge of first few leaves bit browned; old institutional stamps to blank prelims.) In a very good condition, preserved in the original state, with interior in overall fine condition. ¶ ~ First edition. Marrano Paul Louis Bernard Drach (David), (1791, Strasburg-1868, Rome), a Talmudic scholar, Grand-Rabbi, a well-known converted Jew. In 1823 he renounced Judaism in the presence of Archbishop Quélen, was baptized, and received his first Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. In 1827 appointed librarian of the Propaganda in Rome, an office he held until his death. Rosenthal, in his 'Convertitenbilder' writes: 'The conversion of this learned Jew is undoubtedly one of the most important conversions effected by the grace of God during this century in France. It became the source of salvation to many of his coreligionists.' Of Drach's numerous writings, 'Lettres d'un rabbin converti aux Israélites, ses frères' is the most important. Highly anti-Semitic, it incriminates the Jews as practicioners of ritual murder. 'The zeal of these Rabbis goes as far as dedicating to death all those who follow the doctrine of the Trinity, and consequently all Christian Israelites,' Drach writes. In his 'Harmonie entre l'église et la synagogue' (Paris, 1844) he even asserts that the Jews of Damascus had been responsible for the ritual murder of the Capuchin Fr. Thomas in 1840, and that their guilt had been established beyond doubt. Exceedingly scarce. OCLC lists only 3 copies worldwide, one of which is incomplete.

Keywords: Jewish studies Judaica Judaic Judaism Judaïsme literature art artists linguistics Semitic languages Hebrew Hebraic Diaspora mythology history religion anti Semitism Jewry community Religion theology Christianity Judaism Islam Catholic Church missions

Price: EUR 720.00 = appr. US$ 782.53 Seller: Librarium of The Hague
- Book number: 1865

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