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Jacob Mordecai notebooks, circa 1810-1820, Volume 1

Jacob Mordecai notebooks, circa 1810-1820, Volume 1
circa 1810-1820
Two volumes attributed to Jacob Mordecai comprising notes and arguments in the defense of Judaism against Christianity. Each volume contains citations or Biblical passages followed by Mordecai's commentary and arguments. Many of the citations are used to defend Judaism. There are many copied portions of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Jewish religious works. In Volume 2 Mordecai copied David Levi's response to Joseph Priestly's letter regarding Jewish conversion to Christianity. Topical headings appear in the volumes including Bishop Warburtion, crucifixion and resurrection, and the three witnesses. Volume 2 contains a glossary of Hebrew words with English meanings on the first unnumbered leaf. Words in Hebrew appear throughout the volume. Both volumes are hand sewn and have detached leaves. Volume 1 has paper covers and No. 3 is written on the front. Volume 1 has hand-numbered pages 1-81. Volume 2 is lacking covers and has hand-numbered pages 81-156.
1 volume
2015.05.31.00004; {04A6C2EE-0206-47CA-B517-1CE7A1739919}
English; Hebrew
Purchased for the Penn Libraries 2016 by Arnold and Deanne Kaplan (Mordechai Mandel, May 31, 2015) (Collectify accession no. 2015.05.31.00004); Sold by Mordechai Mandel (Israel), May 31, 2015
Jews -- North Carolina -- 19th century; Judaism -- Apologetic works
Personal Name:
Mordecai, Jacob, 1762-1838.
Geographic Subject:
United States -- North Carolina
Born in Philadelphia he was eldest son of Jewish German immigrants Moses and Esther Whitlocker Mordecai. At the age of thirteen Mordecai served as a rifleman in the Continental Congress. He later served as the Jewish quartermaster to George Washington. Mordecai later moved to New York where he met and married his first wife Judith Myers in 1784. They moved Warrenton, North Carolina where Mordecai was a merchant of cotton, grain, and tobacco. He also wrote scholarly articles on Jewish literature and Biblical interpretation. In 1809 Jacob established the Female Seminary also known as the Mordecai Female Academy, in Warrenton. In 1819 Mordecai sold the school and moved to Richmond, Virginia where he purchased a farm and served as president of Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome. Following the death of Judith in 1796 Mordecai married Judith's half-sister Rebecca. Mordecai had thirteen children: six sons and seven daughters.
Call Number:
MS 56, Codex 035.1, v. 1
Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (University of Pennsylvania)