'Thirty problems concerning Creation' (Roth Collection 630) covers 30 “problems” of biblical interpretation in the book of Genesis.
Works written solely in Latin were aimed at a Christian readership. As a preface, Caspar Barlaeus (van Baarle) (1584–1648), a noted Dutch humanist, wrote a Latin poem in praise of Menasseh. The book and Barlaeus’ poem created a storm:
Orthodox protestant theologians used it to start a campaign against religious liberalism. As a result, Menasseh’s application to teach Hebrew at Amsterdam University was turned down by the authorities.
The printer’s mark is a Hebrew ’magical square‘: the letters have been arranged to yield the same words from Psalm 85:12 down and across: “Truth springeth out of the earth”.