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Richard James Horatio Gottheil

Richard James Horatio Gottheil (October 13, 1862 – May 22, 1936) was an American Semitic scholar, Zionist, and founding father of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.[1]

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Publications 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Biography

He was born in Manchester, England, but moved to the United States at age 11 when his father, Gustav Gottheil, accepted a position as the assistant Rabbi of the largest Reform Temple in New York, Temple Emanu-El. He graduated from Columbia College in 1881, and studied also in Europe, earning his doctorate at Leipzig in 1886.

From 1898 to 1904 he was president of the [3] Gottheil virtually vanished from the Zionist movement for the rest of his life. He continued writing and supporting the Zionist effort but he never again undertook a leadership role.

After 1904 he was vice president of the American Jewish Historical Society. Gottheil wrote many articles on Oriental and Jewish questions for newspapers and reviews. He edited the Columbia University Oriental Series, and the Semitic Study Series. After 1901 he was one of the editors of the Jewish Encyclopedia. He has written the chapter on Zionism which was translated into Arabic and published by Najib Nassar in his newspaper al-Karmil [al-Karmal] and also in the form of a book in 1911.[4][5]

He died on May 22, 1936.

Publications

  • The Syriac grammar of Mar Elia Zobha (1887)
  • Selections from the Syriac Julian Romance (1906)
  • Zionism (1914)

References

  1. ^ "Zeta Beta Tau - The Founding". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]. Richard Gottheil, the Reluctant Father of American Zionism
  3. ^ Louis Lipsky, Memoirs in Profile, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1975, p. 213.
  4. ^ Beška, Emanuel: ANTI-ZIONIST JOURNALISTIC WORKS OF NAJĪB AL-KHŪRĪ NASSĀR IN THE NEWSPAPER AL-KARMAL IN 1914. In Asian and African Studies, 20, 2, 2011. [2]
  5. ^ Beška, Emanuel: ARABIC TRANSLATIONS OF WRITINGS ON ZIONISM PUBLISHED IN PALESTINE BEFORE THE FIRST WORLD WAR. In Asian and African Studies, 23, 1,2014. [3]

External links

  • Works by Richard James Horatio Gottheil at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Richard James Horatio Gottheil at Internet Archive
  • Works by Richard James Horatio Gottheil at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
  • Gottheil profile on ZBT.org
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