Leipzig: Friedrich Christian Wilhelm Vogel, 1817. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. XX, 908 pp. Leather wrapped marbled boards. Includes bibliographical references and index. Back strip missing, but binding still firm due to quality. Scarce first edition of this monumental and influential work. In German. Book is in fair condition, interior is in good condition. fair. Item #18095
The author, Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius, (1786 - 1842) was a German Orientalist, lexicographer, Christian Hebraist and Biblical scholar. His main field of interest was the scientific investigation of biblical Hebrew based within the greater context of Semitic Linguistics. His work is considered to be the first in a field of research that freed the study of Hebrew from theological considerations. Gesenius utilized the earlier scholarship of theologians and Hebrew grammarians of the Middle Ages, but primarily reached his conclusions by utilizing comparative Semitic philology. This work is one of his most important contributions to the knowledge of Hebrew language and grammar, for in it, he explained his scientific linguistic system based on comparative Semitic philology. His studies are still basic reading for current scholarship and inquiry on the subject.