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Lebrecht, Fuerchtegott


LEBRECHT, FUERCHTEGOTT (1800–1876), German scholar and educator. Lebrecht, born in Memmelbach, Bavaria, studied in Fürth and later in Pressburg with Moses *Sofer and was one of his favorite pupils; he studied Hebrew grammar under Wilhelm *Gesenius in Halle. Most of his life was spent in Berlin, where first he taught at the Teachers' Institute directed by Leopold *Zunz and then was head teacher and librarian at the Veitel Heine Ephraimsche Lehranstalt, whose standards he raised considerably by the introduction of modern educational methods. Lebrecht was a close friend of Zunz and the contributor of numerous articles to both learned and popular periodicals. His scholarly work includes an edition with V.H. Biesenthal of David Kimḥi's Sefer ha-Shorashim (1847); Die Rabbinische Bibliothek des Berliner Beth Hamidrash (1852); Handschriften und erste Ausgaben des babylonischen Talmud (1862); Kritische Lese verbesserter Lesarten und Erklaerungenzum Talmud (1864); and Bether, die fragliche Stadt im Hadrianisch-juedischen Kriege (1877), published posthumously.

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