M. H. Simonson Collection
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.
- Simonson, M. H. (Rabbi) (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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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.
- December 07, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.