Remarks on Avraham Firkowicz and the Hebrew Mejelis “Document”

Shapira, Dan D. Y. (2006) Remarks on Avraham Firkowicz and the Hebrew Mejelis “Document”. Acta Orientalia, 59 (2). pp. 131-180. ISSN 0001-6446

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In the early 1840s several forgeries of Hebrew epigraphic material have been produced; these forgeries are associated with the name of Avraham Firkowicz/Firkovich, a Russian Jewish book collector and an amateur archaeologist. His discoveries were supposed to provide a revolutionising effect on the nascent Wissenschaft des Judenthums (Jewish Studies). On the margin of a re-edition of the Mejelis Document by the Finnish scholar Tapani Harviainen, this article makes justice to Firkowicz, analysing the cultural context in which the forgeries were made, such as the Haskalah movement, Orientalism, Christian missionary activity and Lost Tribes hunting.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PI Oriental languages and literatures / keleti nyelvek és irodalmak
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 10:11

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