StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS MOCATTA/5
TitleElements of ye Hebrew language
DescriptionManuscript of Hyman Hurwitz, 'The Elements of the Hebrew Language'.
Extent4 notebooks containing 295 pages
AdminHistoryBorn Posen, 1770; received a traditional Jewish education; came to England as a young man and found work giving religious instruction and Hebrew lessons to Jewish boys at a Christian-run academy, where he broadened his own education by studying science and the classics; opened the Highgate Academy, a Jewish boys' boarding school, 1799; became a close friend of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge; wrote Hebrew dirges on the deaths of Princess Charlotte in 1817 and George III in 1820, which were chanted at the Great Synagogue and subsequently translated into English verse by Coleridge and printed; elected professor of Hebrew language and literature at University College, London, 1828, the first professing Jew anywhere to hold such a position; died 1844. Publications include: 'Vindiciae Hebraicae, being a Defence of the Hebrew Scriptures as a Vehicle of Revealed Religion' (1820); 'Hebrew Tales: Selected and Translated from the Writings of the Hebrew Sages' (1826); 'The Etymology and Syntax in Continuation of the Elements of the Hebrew Language (1831); 'A Grammar of the Hebrew Language' (1831); 'A Letter to Isaac L. Goldsmid ... on Certain Recent Mis-statements Regarding the Jewish Religion' (1833).
CustodialHistoryFormerly held with other Jewish collections in the Mocatta Library of University College London.
AcquisitionTransferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
PublnNotePublished as ' 'The Elements of the Hebrew Language' (London, 1829), with further editions in 1832, 1837 and 1848.
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