By Charles Lewinsky
First released in Switzerland in 2006 via Nagel & Kimche Verlag.
First released in nice Britain in 2015 via Atlantic Books, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd.
1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a name for himself as one of many few sincere Jews in Endingen, an extraordinary Swiss city during which Jews are allowed to stay. He leads a principally untroubled lifestyles, rewarded via his paintings and comforted at domestic by means of his spouse and daughters. yet all of this can be set to finish while he solutions a knock on the door in the midst of the evening. at the doorstep stands his younger far-off cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for shelter.
The pitiful determine is invited in and given a coveted position within the bosom of the family members, but if Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he'll switch the Meijer family's lives for generations to come back.
In the culture of the good kin romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer relatives, spanning 5 generations from the Franco-Prussian warfare to global struggle II. it's a novel of destiny, fortune and nice falls; a homage to the sunken global of Yiddish tradition and a party of the long-lasting spirit of biting Jewish humor.
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In retrospect it became clear, however, that whatever practical reasons there were for the choice of 7a1, this manuscript could certainly not lay claim to its being an authoritative text. The manuscript has quite a number of errors and questionable unique readings. On the basis of the quality of the text 8a1 (Paris, Bibl. Nat. Syr. ) might well lay claim to pride of place. 24 This is an extra reason to take note of De Boer’s remark in the Preface to Vol. 1, viii, that The text printed in this edition—it must be stated expressis verbis—ought to be used in exegetical and textual study together with the apparatuses.
Discussion There are several places where the translation is problematic. At 1:6 ‘walls of the feet’ is distinctly odd. A loan from Arabic êõ › uss, ‘foundation’, seems improbable. At 1:7 the text has two words which cannot be construed as Syriac: – ^]o‡– (17a4 ^]o‡^–): a verb is required here, with ‘your courts’ as either subject or object; since the whole phrase has no counterpart in the Hebrew and other ancient versions, no help can be sought from them. A corrupted form from the root ]o‡ seems most improbable, and though one might suggest emending to |o¨‡\—z, ‘shall be overturned’, which would ﬁt the context, it is very diﬃcult to see how such a corruption could have arisen.
12 Barnes, An Apparatus Criticus, xxx; Albrektson, Lamentations, 28. 13 Diettrich, Jesaia, xxx-xxxii. P. B. J. ta: Its Early Text and History. ta Symposium held at Leiden 30–31 August 1985 (MPIL 4; Leiden, 1988), 225–258. 11 IN RETROSPECT 31 (‘Nestorian’) and a western (‘Jacobite’) text, the latter sometimes being subdived into a ‘Jacobite’, a ‘Melkite’ and a ‘Maronite’ tradition. 16 In the Leiden Peshitta this division is made by H. Schneider, who divides the manuscripts of Odes into a ‘Jacobite’, a ‘Nestorian’, a ‘Melkite’ (‘Melchite’), and a ‘Maronite’ tradition (Vol.
Melnitz by Charles Lewinsky