Philadelphia: Printed By Billstein & Son, 1890. Item #25480
1st edition. Plain paper wrappers, 8vo, 28 pages, 28 cm. Singerman 4065. SUBJECT (S) : Named Person: Jesus Christ -- Jewish interpretations. Jesus Christ -- Crucifixion. Dropsie (1821–1905) was a “U. S. Attorney, businessman, philanthropist, and patron of Jewish learning. Dropsie was born in Philadelphia to a Dutch-Jewish immigrant father and a Christian mother. He embraced Judaism at the age of 14, and ultimately became a vigorous proponent of traditional Judaism in America. Dropsie made his livelihood in the jewelry business until he was 28, when he began the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1851. Although his practice was largely in business law, Dropsie became a scholar in legal history and published a number of works on Roman law, including one on the trial of Jesus. He became leader and officer of many Jewish communal activities, and was an admirer and disciple of Isaac Leeser. Their sense of mutual understanding was disturbed only by their divergent sympathies in the early days of the Civil War. Dropsie was an active supporter of Leeser's shortlived Maimonides College from its inception in 1867, the first Jewish theological seminary in America. Dropsie believed that one of the major reasons for its failure was the refusal of New York Jewish leaders to give it their full support; when the Jewish Theological Seminary was organized in 1886 in New York City, he refused to lend a hand. This resentment was one of the factors which motivated his establishing a bequest for a totally new institution for higher Jewish learning. Another factor was his anger, which he also expressed in a number of pamphlets, against what he considered to be the extremism of Reform Judaism” (Korn in EJ 2007) . OCLC: 21438997. OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide. Repair to spine, right edge of title page mis-cut by publisher with loss of one letter (see image); internal text fine. Otherwise Very good condition. (Spec-8-15-BLD-'ex).