The New International Encyclopædia/Funk, Isaac Kauffman

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FUNK, Isaac Kauffman (1839—). An American clergyman, editor, and publisher. He was born at Clifton, Ohio, and was educated at Wittenberg College, in his native State. After being pastor of Saint Matthews English Lutheran Church, in Brooklyn, N. Y., for seven years, he made an extensive tour through Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia Minor (1872). Among the numerous religious publications founded by him after 1876 are the following: Metropolitan Pulpit (now the Homiletic Review), the Voice, a well-known prohibition paper, and the Missionary Review. In 1889 the Literary Digest was established, and in 1895 the Standard Dictionary was published. One of the more recent projects undertaken by Dr. Funk is the Jewish Encyclopedia, a repository of the history and traditions of the Jewish people from the earliest times to the present day, the first volume of which appeared in 1901.