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Ambrosius Froben, Israel Zifroni And Hebrew Printing In Freiburg Im Breisgau

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Hebrew books were printed in Freiburg im Breisgau during a short interval in the sixteenth century. That brief moment occurred when two well-known figures in the annals of Hebrew printing, Ambrosius Froben and his master printer Israel ben Daniel Zifroni, temporarily relocated a Hebrew print shop to Freiburg. The Froben press's Hebrew books had been intended for Christian theologians, to spread the Hebrew language and literature, and were frequently published with Latin introductions. In the late 1570s, under Ambrosius' direction, the press began to print Hebrew titles for Jews. The most important production was the Basle Talmud, printed from 1578-81. Froben, together with Zifroni, published about ten books, in addition to their edition of the Talmud. Zifroni's last title in Basle was a Pentateuch in Judeo-German; it was not printed for Froben, but rather at the press of Thomas Guarin.

Keywords: Ambrosius Froben; Basle Talmud; Freiburg im Breisgau; Hebrew printing; Israel ben Daniel Zifroni; Jews



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