HE IS REMEMBERED TODAY FOR HIS SCHOLARLY CRITIQUE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT; HIS 1902 CONTROVERSIAL LECTURE “BABEL AND THE BIBLE” IN WHICH HE MAINTAINED THAT MANY OLD TESTAMENT WRITINGS WERE BORROWED FROM ANCIENT BABYLONIAN TALES; HIS LATER PUBLISHED TWO-PART “THE GREAT DECEPTION”, WHICH WAS A CRITICAL TREATISE ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS, PROPHETS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, ETC.; AND HIS STRIDENT QUESTIONING OF THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF THE HEBREW BIBLE.
FRIEDRICH DELITZSCH (1850-1922) SIGNED NOTE, “Friedrich Delitzsch, New York, January 20, 1906”, on a card 5 x 2.5 with a small photo of him, by the German Assyriologist (the study of languages and civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia) who was a professor of Semitic languages and Assyriology at various German universities, the co-founder of the German Oriental Society, and director of the Near Eastern Department of the Royal Museums. He specialized in the study of Middle Eastern languages, and published numerous works on Assyrian language, history, and culture. His handwritten note in German, fully translated: “I will never forget the tremendous impressions that New York made on me and the many dear people that I got to know here.” The handwritten note is in fine condition, with minor age toning.