1798 David Levi Defense of Bible Thomas Paine Age of Reason Judaism Deism

LEVI, David

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David Levi was an 18th-century Jewish scholar who came to the defense of English Jews and their Old Testament views after a barrage of literary criticism of Joseph Priestley and Thomas Paine. Levi translated and published Jewish prayers into English among his many works celebrating Jewish culture, rites, and ceremonies. However, his most important work was his ‘Defense of the Old Testament’ – a direct attack on Thomas Paine’s ‘Age of Reason’.

 

Thomas Paine’s ‘The Age of Reason’ was written to argue for deism as well as exploit corruption in the church. Paine, at one point, even states in his book that he

“does not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church… All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

It certainly stands within reason that Levi took offense to these statements so much so that he wrote letters directly to Paine. Levi’s ‘Defence’ (1797) was a collection of these letters.

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1798 David Levi Defense of Bible Thomas Paine Age of Reason Judaism Deism

 

David Levi was an 18th-century Jewish scholar who came to the defense of English Jews and their Old Testament views after a barrage of literary criticism of Joseph Priestley and Thomas Paine. Levi translated and published Jewish prayers into English among his many works celebrating Jewish culture, rites, and ceremonies. However, his most important work was his ‘Defense of the Old Testament’ – a direct attack on Thomas Paine’s ‘Age of Reason’.

 

Thomas Paine’s ‘The Age of Reason’ was written to argue for deism as well as exploit corruption in the church. Paine, at one point, even states in his book that he

“does not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church… All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

It certainly stands within reason that Levi took offense to these statements so much so that he wrote letters directly to Paine. Levi’s ‘Defence’ (1797) was a collection of these letters.

 

Item number: #9150

Price: $499

 

LEVI, David

 

A defence of the Old Testament: in a series of letters, addressed to Thomas Paine, author of a book entitled, “The age of reason, part the second, being an investigation of true and fabulous theology

 

Philadelphia: Printed and sold by Hogan et M’Elroy, no. 222, South Third-Street, a few doors below South Street, 1798.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • 207, [5]
  • Provenance: Handwritten
    • David Bowen, 1799
      • David Bowen (1774 – 1853) was a Welsh Baptist minister. He was born in Felinfoel, Carmarthenshire. In 1797 he was baptized at the local church; he began preaching at that same church in 1798. In 1806 he was ordained by Titus Lewis and Joshua Watkins and was appointed as joint-minister with Daniel Davies. In 1831 the congregation of the newly formed Capel Seion in Llanelli chose him to be its pastor, a position he held until his death in 1853
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
    • Size: ~6.5in X 4.25in (16.5cm x 10.5cm)
    • Very rare and desirable

 

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Authors

LEVI, David

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18th Century

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English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

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Complete