Joshua (or J.) Seixas; Benjamin McGuire (Compiler, Author of "Introduction to the Texts"), Andover Theological Seminary 1832-1834 Editions. Ben Mcquire, FAIR Hebrew Project, 2005. Images copyrighted by Ben McGuire, 2003, PDF documents on disc.
This product contains an "Introduction to the Texts" and the complete facsimile copies of the Hebrew Grammars used by Joseph Smith by J. Seixas
the following PDF files:
* "Introduction to the Texts" by Ben McGuire
* A Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners, Andover: Printed by Flagg, Gould and Newman, 1833.
* A Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners, 2nd ed. enlarged and improved. Andover: Printed by Gould and Newman, 1834.
"Introduction to the Texts" address:
* Who was Joshua Seixas?
* Joshua Seixas
* Sephardic Hebrew
* Joseph and Kaballah
Seixas, Joshua (1802-187), Hebraist, textbook writer. Lived in New York City. Attracted attention by promising a reading knowledge of Hebrew in six weeks, classes meeting one hour a day. Taught Hebrew in New York, Philadelphia and Washington and at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Seminary at Brunswick, New Jersey, and Andover Theological Seminary. His A Manual of Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners was published in 1833. In 1835 he taught at Oberlin College, Ohio. Among his students was Lorenzo Snow, whose sister Eliza had joined the Latter-day Saints and was then living in the Joseph Smith household in Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph possibly first heard of Seixas from this source, or from Daniel Peixotto, whose wife, Rachel, was Seixas's cousin. After completing the course at Oberlin, Seixas was hired for a six-week term of instruction at the Western Reserve College in Hudson, beginning in December and ending 23 January 1836. Three days later he arrived at Kirtland, where he taught Hebrew from 26 January to 29 March 1836. After returning to New York, Seixas founded the first choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, where he served many years as instructor of Hebrew. He died in New York (LeRoi C. Snow, "Who Was Professor Joshua Seixas?" Zucker, "Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew"; Stern, First American Jewish Families, 264; Fairchild, Oberlin: The Colony and the College, 368-70).
Ben McGuire is the author of "Benjamin or Mosiah? Resolving an Anomaly in Mosiah", presented at the 2001 FAIR Conference, and also the author of many other articles such as "Did Lehi Use Egyptian?" located in the FAIR Topical Guide. He has also contributed several book reviews (see Mormonism 201 rebuttal on chapter 7), and video reviews located at the FAIR site.
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