The play was authored Baermann of Limburg, German writer who lived at Frankfort-on-the-Main at the end of the seventeenth century and at the beginning of the eighteenth. He published the play (Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1712) in Judæo-German, with the Hebrew title "Mekirat Yosef" (The Sale of Joseph), destined for the Feast of Purim, which excited great interest. It was performed in Frankfort on the Feast of Purim, 1713, with much success, many Christians being present. The actors were Jewish students from Prague and Hamburg. The same comedy was acted at Metz, and became a favorite Purim play among the Polish Jews generally.