Heidenheim (Heydenheini), Wolf or Benjamin Ben-simson

Heidenheim (Heydenheini), Wolf or Benjamin ben-Simson a Hebrew scholar and typographer, is distinguished in Hebrew literature by his exertions to provide editions of the Pentateuch free from the errors which marred preceding copies. Indeed, the city in which he lived, Rodelheim, near Frankfort on the Maine, became in his day the center of attraction for Hebrew typography. But he has also left us works of his own which betoken a thorough acquaintance with Hebrew philology. Jost even assigns him a place by the side of Mendelssohn. Heidenheim died in 1832, at * a very old age. His most important works are הִטַעָמַים מַשׁפטֵי, a tract on the Hebrew accents (Rodelheim, 1808, 12mo): — מבוֹא הִלָּשׁון, a treatise on different parts of Hebrew grammar (Rodelheim, 1806, 12mo): — חוּמִשׁ מאיר אֵיבִיַם , the Pentateuch, with a Hebrew commentary, etc. (Rodelh. 1818-1821,8vo). We have also from him a catalogue of his works, containing 800 in number, under the title רשַׁימִת הִסּפָרַים (Rodelh. 1833, 8vo). Fürst, Bibl. Judaica, 1, 369; Etleridge, Introd. to Hebr. Lit. p. 422; Steinschneider, Bibliog. Hdbch. p. 60; Jost, Gesch. d. Juden. p. 361; Kitto, ii, 267. (J. H. W.)

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