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M. H. Simonson Collection

Identifier: AR 7190

Scope and Contents

This contains three of M. H. Simonson's notebooks, which contain commentaries on the Hebrew Bible and notes and drafts related to a manuscript entitled The true origin of the star system or cosmogony of Moses, which examine biblical sources, particularly in the Pentateuch, for textual evidence of divine intervention in astronomical principles and bodies. Some of these drafts and notes feature illustrations. Each notebook is bound and handwritten, and there are several notes written on scraps of paper inserted into the notebooks.


  • 1849?


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011


Biographical Note

The notebooks indicate that Simonson resided in Manchester, England, and was a rabbi by profession and that he wrote the books Joshua and the sun and moon [Joshua x. 12-14] : philosophically explained and Holy convocations, regulated by our rabbins and observed by (all) Israel in accordance with the Pentateuch and reason .


0.25 Linear Feet (4 folders)


Three notebooks of biblical commentaries, some of which resemble sermons. The notebooks also contain drafts and notes for a work entitled "The true origin of the star system or cosmogony of Moses." There are also scattered loose notes on scraps of paper inserted into the notebooks.

Other Finding Aid

A handwritten inventory is available in folder 1.

M. H. Simonson Collection, 1849?   AR 7190
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 07, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States