Guide to the Franz Rosenzweig - Martin Buber notebooks, 1925-1929 

AR 4219 / MF 877

Processed by Ilse Turnheim

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by LBI Staff on 2012-10-04. Finding aid written in English.
December 10, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Rosenzweig, Franz, 1886-1929
Creator:Buber, Martin, 1878-1965
Title:Franz Rosenzweig - Martin Buber notebooks
Abstract:22 notebooks (carbon copies), comprising 1,998 pages, dictated by Franz Rosenzweig and addressed to Martin Buber, pertaining to the Rosenzweig-Buber translation of the bible.
Languages:This collection is in German with some Hebrew and Greek.
Quantity:1 linear foot : 2 boxes
Identification:AR 4219 / MF 877
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber collaborated on several projects, the most important of which was a translation of the Hebrew Bible.

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Scope and Content Note

22 notebooks (carbon copies), comprising 1,998 pages, dictated by Franz Rosenzweig and addressed to Martin Buber, pertaining to the Rosenzweig-Buber translation of the bible.

19 of the 22 notebooks are dated from 1925 to 1929. No.3 - No.5 and No.7 - No.10 are dated according to the dates of the correspondence; No.11 (from p. 49 on ) - No .22 are dated page by page. There are no dates for notebooks No.1 and No.2. The latest entry in notebook No.22 is dated Dec. 6, 1929, a few days before Rosenzweig's death on Dec. 10, 1929.

The notebooks - in chronological order - follow the books of the bible. The only exception is notebook No.12, which goes back to Genesis and Exodus. There is no identification for notebooks 2, 4, 6 and 7.

The collection contains many letters by Franz Rosenzweig, dated and undated. Some letters were signed for Franz Rosenzweig, who was paralyzed since 1922. The letters do not only refer to the translation of the bible but also to the private lives of Rosenzweig and Buber, to their friends and relatives and to other academics. There are at least two references to Leo Baeck (notebook No.8, p. 54 and notebook No.9, p. 62.

11 of the 22 notebooks were examined previously by an unknown researcher. S/he added the black notations on top of the notebook-folders.

Also included is a copy of the book "Die fuenf Buecher der Weisung. Verdeutscht von Martin Buber gemeinsam mit Franz Rosenzweig" (Cologne, 1954) with handwritten notes and corrections by Martin Buber.

See inventory.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 877).

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Related Material

Copies of the notebooks are also held at the Martin Buber Archives at Hebrew University Library, Jerusalem.

See also the Franz Rosenzweig Collection (AR 3001).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Franz Rosenzweig - Martin Buber notebooks; AR 4219; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

4-page inventory.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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11NOTEBOOK 1: Genesisn.d.
12NOTEBOOK 2: No titlen.d.
13NOTEBOOK 3: Genesis1925
14NOTEBOOK 4: No title1925
15NOTEBOOK 5: Genesis1926
16NOTEBOOK 6: No title1926
17NOTEBOOK 7: No title1926
18NOTEBOOK 8: Leviticus1926, 1928
19NOTEBOOK 9: Numeri1928
110NOTEBOOK 10: Numeri; Deuteronomium, 12-171927
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21NOTEBOOK 11: Deuteronomium, 16-341927
22NOTEBOOK 12: Genesis, 1-50; Exodus, 1-151927
23NOTEBOOK 13: Josua, 1-24; Richter, 1-81927
24NOTEBOOK 14: Josua 19, 22, 24; Richter, 1-211927
25NOTEBOOK 15: Richter 17, 20; I. Samuel, 1-301927-1928
26NOTEBOOK 16: I. Samuel 31; II. Samuel, 1-241928
27NOTEBOOK 17: I. Samuel; II. Samuel, 13-24; I. Koenige 1-21928
28NOTEBOOK 18: I. Koenige, 2-22; II. Koenige, 1-31928
29NOTEBOOK 19: I. Koenige, 16-18; II. Koenige, 4-101928
210NOTEBOOK 20: I. Koenige; II. Koenige, 11-251928-1929
211NOTEBOOK 21: I. Koenige, 18-22; II. Koenige, 2-25; Jesaia, 1-381929
212NOTEBOOK 22: Jesaia 1-38, 40-651929
213Book: Die fuenf Buecher der Weisung1954
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