A mid-18th century mission journey to the Near and Middle East

Schultz, Stephan. Kurtze Nachricht von einer zum Heil der Juden und Muhamedaner auch zum Besten der morgenländischen Christlichen Kirche durch Göttlichen Beystand errichteten und bisher fortgesetzten Anstalt [...].

Halle, auf Kosten des Instituti Judaici, 1765.

8vo. 52, (4) pp. Contemporary red bronze-varnish wrappers.

 1,500.00

Rare work report issued by the "Institutum Judaicum et Muhammedicum" in Halle (Saale), a Pietist institution founded in 1727 by the orientalist Johann Heinrich Callenberg for the mission of the Jewish population of Europe and the Orient. Stephan Schultz (1714-76) was Callenberg's successor as director. His pamphlet gives an account of the institution's history and achievements as well as methods, also recounting his extensive mission journey to Turkey, Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia undertaken between 1752 and 1756 with the young Prussian theologian August Friedrich Woltersdorf, who perished in Ptolemais in 1755: "Here I had much opportunity to do good among the various peoples, especially the Arabs, whose Sheikhs, or noblemen, entertained me warmly in their houses and listened to me intently when I read to them something from the Holy Scripture in Arabic, and provided comments for their edification" (transl., p. 34).

Slightly browned but well preserved in the pretty contemporary wrappers.

VD 18, 11240911. Cf. Kayser IV, 195.