Miscellany — Correspondence -- By: Anonymous
Miscellany — Correspondence
The following is an extract of a letter which we have received from Prof. Rödiger of Halle, dated April 25, 1847:”I am laboring daily on the last Heft of the Thesaurus which I hope to be able to bring out towards autumn. It will contain not a little new matter which, I hope, will prove to be correct. Lepsius of Berlin is very busily occupied with Egyptian Chronology. I correspond with him on the points which relate to the Bible. He will soon print in the third Heft of the Journal of the Oriental Society a paper on the Decree of Philae, similar to that of the Rosetta Inscription. In the second Heft there is a very good essay by Tuch on the 14th ch. of Genesis, which will be well received in the United States. Thenius of Dresden is laboring industriously on his Commentary upon the Books of Kings. The new edition of Winer’s Biblical Dictionary is advancing. Tischendorf is editing the Septuagint,
BSac 1:3 (Aug. 1844) p.599
but this work will exceed his ability, or rather he will busy himself on the small things, e. g. α, ε, η and υ, and other orthographic minutiae, while the pressing and difficult problem in relation to the Septuagint will remain for a time unsolved. Hitzig’s Commentary on Ezekiel will be ready this summer, and though for my taste it will deal somewhat too much in conjectures, yet in acuteness and exact grammatical knowledge it will not be deficient. Petermann will edit a new edition of the Syriac Letters of Ignatius, with the aid of an old Armenian version. When I have completed the Thesaurus, I am thinking, along with other labors, of publishing a small Arabic Grammar for my lectures, since that by Caspari contains things which do not accord with my system and hence would only interfere with my instructions. I have this summer my third course in Arabic Syntax, with the reading of historical texts. A work important for Germany has appeared, on ‘Protestantism’ by Hundeshagen, which is valued by all parties. The library of our Oriental Society is established in Halle. Religious movements among us are now in the back-ground; the toleration-edict of March 30th has made a pause, and all the public interest is now turned towards politics and to the doings of the Chambers assembled at Berlin.”
Another friend writes as follows in relation to the work by Hundeshagen: “A novelty in the literary world, which tells upon the German public,—published in the beginning of this or the end of last year (I forget)—is: der Deutsche Protestantism us, seine Vergangenheit, und seine heutigen Lebenspragen, im Zusammenhange der gesammten National-entwickelung, etc., von einem deutschen Theologen. Frankfort on the Maine. (2 R.) [German Protestantism, what it was, an...
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