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Hebrew Grammar Supplement

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Photo of the Hebrew Grammar Supplement.
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Supplement to J. Seixas’ Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Kirtland, Ohio, Theological Institution. As the title suggests, the supplement was written for and used at the Kirtland, Ohio,Theological Institution, a seminary established by the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. According to the supplement preface, the 1834 edition of Joshua Seixas’ Hebrew Grammar text was difficult to find for the Kirtland students. As a result, Seixas agreed to author this supplement as a substitute for his larger textbook. The supplement was printed in New York, NY.

The Kirtland Theological Institution was one of the earliest seminaries in Ohio. Class was held on the third floor of the Kirtland Temple in the early months of 1836. Joshua Seixas, a non-Mormon and renowned Hebrew scholar, began teaching at the school in January 1836. Early Latter Day Saint leaders encouraged the study of Hebrew because they believed they could discover deeper divine truths found in the Bible through the ancient languages. They believed these deeper truths were lost in translation over the centuries.

This particular artifact was originally owned and used by John E. Page, a student of the Kirtland class. It contains 32 pages and measures 6.75" x 3.75" (17.15 x 9.53 cm). The title page, preface, and first page are included here.

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Title Page
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Copyright Page
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Hebrew Alphabet
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Preface
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Page 8
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