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March 4, 2017

March 4, 1890

Franz Delitzsch (February 23, 1813 to March 4, 1890) was a German scholar. He was an professor at the University of Leipzig, and published studies of Hebrew philology and Biblical exegesis. Regarding the Biblical phrase that it is better to be a live dog than a dead lion, Delitzsch wrote:

The dog...occurs in the Holy Scriptures only in relation to a shepherd's dog...
[A]s for the rest, [the dog] appears as a voracious filthy beast....

There is more information about Delitzsch, a fascinating figure, and the father of Fredrich Delitzsch, an important Assyriologist, here.

Franz Delitzsch also translated the New Testament into Hebrew,  a work which is still considered of great use.

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