Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Taubenhaus: Echoes of Wisdom
Echoes of Wisdom by Godfrey Taubenhaus (1900)
As the subtitle explains this book contains "Talmudic sayings with classic, especially Latin, parallelisms." The author explains his motivations as follows: "In presenting Talmud and Classics together, the object is not to throw the charge of plagiarism at any door, but to bring the Talmud nearer to the understanding of at least some of the many who, lacking all knowledge of the same, profanely disparage it." Each little chapter (usually less than a page, although sometimes longer) begins with an English translation of a Talmudic saying, followed by a commentary and then by classical parallels. Both the Hebrew and Latin texts are included, along with the English translations.