GINSBURG, Christian David. 18115



Autograph Letter Signed, telling his correspondent that “The parable to which you refer is unknown to me”, and discussing the Talmud. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in fine condition, integral blank leaf. Wokingham, Berkshire, 23 February 1879. Uncommon. “… I never pay any attention much less attach any value to quotations from the Talmud … without the precise page being given. I hardly need tell you that there is no concordance or Index to the Talmud…” Christian David Ginsburg (born 1831 in Warsaw, died 1914 in England) was a Polish-born, British Bible scholar and student of the masoretic tradition in Judaism. Coming to England shortly after the completion of his education in the Rabbinic College at Warsaw, Ginsburg continued his study of the Hebrew Scriptures, with special attention to the Megillot. The first result of these studies was a translation of the Song of Songs, with a historical and critical commentary, published in 1857. His life-work culminated in the publication of the Masorah, in three volumes (1880–1886), followed by the Massoretico-critical edition of the Hebrew Bible (1894).