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SAMUEL DAVID LUZZATTO (1800-1865)

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 148 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SAMUEL DAVID LUZZATTO (1800-1865), Jewish scholar, was born at Trieste in 'Soo, and died at Padua in i865. He was the most distinguished of the Italian Jewish scholars of the 19th century. The first Jew to suggest emendations to the text of the Hebrew Bible, he edited Isaiah (1856-1867), and wrote a commentary on the Pentateuch (1871). His grammatical works were mostly written in Italian. He also contributed to the history of the Synagogue liturgy, and enjoys with Geiger (q.v.) and Zunz (q.v.) the honour of reviving interest in the medieval Hebrew hymnology and secular verse. See Gratz, History of the Jews (Eng. trans.), v. 622 seq. ; N. Slouschz, The Renascence of Hebrew Literature, pp. 84-92; the Jewish Encyclopedia, viii. 225-226, with list of works. (I. A.)
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