Johann Gottfried Gurlitt, Observations Concerning Preparatory Instruction for the University, especially in Hebrew, Hamburg, 1810 in: Notice of Lectures in the Academic High School of Hamburgakademisches Gymnasium, held from Easter 1809 until Easter 1810, as well as Announcement of Lectures from Easter 1810 until Easter 1811, Hamburg 1810, pp. 3-16, here pp. 9-10.

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This source deals with the Foreword to the curricular catalogue of the Academic High School Akademisches Gymnasium of Hamburg (1613-1883) for the years 1810-1811, also containing a look back at the previous two years. The Academic High School Akademisches Gymnasium was a precursor of the University of Hamburg. The Foreword was written by the then rector and reformer of the school, Johann Gottfried Gurlitt, who, from 1802 until 1827 held the professorship for Oriental languages. In this Foreword, Gurlitt discusses his vision of structural and curricular reforms for the school and, at the same time, raises a passionate defense of the field he practiced. In his pronouncements concerning the study of the Hebrew language, changes in the Christian view of Judaism in the course of the Enlightenment are manifest, changes which, to be sure, express ambivalence on the question of the status of civil equality for the Jewish population, even among comparatively well-meaning intellectuals.
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Johann Gottfried Gurlitt, Observations Concerning Preparatory Instruction for the University, especially in Hebrew, Hamburg, 1810 in: Notice of Lectures in the Academic High School of Hamburgakademisches Gymnasium, held from Easter 1809 until Easter 1810, as well as Announcement of Lectures from Easter 1810 until Easter 1811, Hamburg 1810, pp. 3-16, here pp. 9-10. (translated by Richard S. Levy), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-46.en.v1> [November 19, 2017].