Auction 72 Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Holy Land Maps & Fine Art
Mar 17, 2017 (Your local time)

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LOT 89:

Abraham ben Zodok [Heinrich Ernst Teuthorn]. ...

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Abraham ben Zodok [Heinrich Ernst Teuthorn]. Briefe eines reisenden Juden über den gegenwärtigen Zustand des Religionswesens unter den Protestanten.

First edition. pp. 96, 16. Trace foxed. Contemporary boards, with title in manuscript on upper cover. 16mo.

n.p.: 1776.

This volume: "Letters of a Traveling Jew about the Present State of the Religious System among the Protestants" is actually a sharply satirical attack against Christian Orthodoxy in the face of Enlightenment reforms. Here, Teuthorn, using the pseudonym Abraham ben Zodok, depicts the Jews as secretly celebrating the divisions between different Christian denominations. Placing such criticisms in the mouths of Jews has historical precedents dating back to the 15th century.

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