A King’s College/Columbia founder’s contributions to Hebrew Studies

 

Judaica Librarian Michelle Chesner keeps you updated about new acquisitions, collection finds and exhibitions in Jewish Studies at Columbia. In this post she shares some revelations about  Revered Samuel Johnson’s connection to the study of Hebrew. Samuel Johnson was the founder of King’s College (renamed Columbia after the American Revolution), and its sole faculty member until 1757.

Title page of Samuel Johnson’s grammar text