MAHBERET NO AMON U-MITSRAYIM: LEHA-MESHORAR HA-KARA’I R. MOSHEH BAR AVRAHAM DAR’I
Yerushalayim: Bi-Defus Ha-Madpis, 1927. Item #25836
(FT) Softcover, 8vo, 12 pages, 26 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S) : Dar’i, Moses ben Abraham, 12th/13th cent. -- Criticism and interpretation. Davidson (1870-1939) was a “scholar of medieval Hebrew literature. Davidson was born in Yonava, Lithuania; at a young age he became an orphan and went to live with his uncle in Grodno, Lithuania. In 1888, after a few years’ study at Slobodka yeshivah, he immigrated to the United States. There he earned a living as a street vendor, then as a shop assistant and Hebrew teacher; at night he studied English and other subjects to meet college-entrance requirements. After completing his studies at Columbia University, he was director of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and chaplain at the Sing Sing prison. In 1905 he began teaching Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and in 1915 was appointed professor of medieval Hebrew literature. Davidson’s first major scholarly publication in English was Parody in Jewish Literature. Thereafter, he wrote and edited articles and books in both English and Hebrew” (Habermann in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Harvard, Manchester) , only one in the US. Inscription on title page. Wear to edges. Water stain to back cover and last 2 pages. Chipping to corners of cover. Good condition. (Rab-50-5).