most kindly friend, remarkable alike for his simple piety and his enthusiasm for learning.A. C.
FROM THE GERMAN PREFACE
present (twenty-eighth) edition of this Grammar,
like the former ones, takesaccount as far as possible of all important new publications on the subject, especiallyJ. Barth’s
Sprachwissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Semitischen
, pt. i, Lpz. 1907;the important works of C. Brockelmann (for the titles see the heading of § 1; vol. i of the
was finished in 1908); P. Kahle’s
Der masoretische Text des A Ts nachder Überlieferung der babylonischen Juden
, Lpz. 1902 (giving on p. 51 ff. an outlineof Hebrew accidence from a Babylonian MS. at Berlin); R. Kittel’s
,Lpz. 1905 f., 2 vols. (discriminating between certain, probable, and proposedemendations; see § 3 g, end); Th. Nöldeke’s
Beiträge zur semit. Sprachwissenschaft
,Strassburg, 1904; Ed. Sievers’
(for the titles of these striking workssee § 2 r). The important work of J. W. Rothstein,
Grundzüge des hebr. Rhythmus
,&c. (see also § 2 r), unfortunately appeared too late to be used. The two largecommentaries edited by Nowack and Marti have been recently completed; and in P.Haupt’s Polychrome Bible (
), part ix (Kings) by Stade and Schwally was published in 1904.For full reviews of the twenty-seventh edition, which of course have beenconsidered as carefully as possible, I have to thank Max Margolis (in
, 1902, p. 159 ff.), Mayer Lambert (
1902, p. 307 ff.), and H. Oort (
,1902, p. 373 ff.). For particular remarks and corrections I must thank Prof. J. Barth(Berlin), Dr. Gasser, pastor in Buchberg, Schaffhausen, B. Kirschner, of Charlottenburg, (contributions to the index of passages), Pastor Köhler, of Augst, Dr.Liebmann, of Kuczkow, Posen, Prof. Th. Nöldeke, of Strassburg, Pastor S. Preiswerk junior, of Bâle, Dr. Schwarz, of Leipzig, and Prof. B. Stade, of Giessen (died in1906). Special mention must be made of the abundant help received from three oldfriends of this book, Prof. P. Haupt, of Baltimore, Prof. Knudtzon, of Kristiania, andProf. H. Strack, of Berlin, and also, in connexion with the present edition, Prof. H.1
The first edition appeared at Halle in 1813 (202 pp. small 8vo); twelve moreeditions were published by W. Gesenius himself, the fourteenth to the twenty first(1845–1872) by E. Rödiger, the twenty-second to the twenty-eighth (1878–1910) byE. Kautzsch. The first abridged edition appeared in 1896, the second at the same timeas the present (twenty-eighth) large edition. The first edition of the ‘Übungsbuch’(Exercises) to Gesenius-Kautzsch’s Hebrew Grammar appeared in 1881, the sixth in1908.SBOT.
= Sacred Books of the Old Testament, ed. by P. Haupt. Lpz. andBaltimore, 1893 ff.REJ.
= Revue des Études Juives. Paris, 1880 ff.