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Lot #    22157
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:36:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Middot ha-Torah
Title (Hebrew)    מדות התורה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Isaac Zevi ben Asher Berkovich
City    Berdichev
Publisher    Hayyim Jacob Sheftel
Publication Date    1893
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 128 pp. octavo 198:133 mm., usual age staining, nice margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, split.
   Only edition of this work explaining the Bible and related subjects by R. Isaac Zevi ben Asher Berkovich. The title page informs that the book is in two parts. The first part consists of explanations are according to four of the thirty-two Middot of R. Eleazer, son of R. Yosi ha-Galili. Those Middot are 1) Derek Kezarah: conciseness (Middot 9), 2) Siddur she-nehlak, where a textual clause or sentence is not logically divisible is divided by the punctuation, the proper order and the division of the verses must be restored according to the logical connection (middot 11), 3) Where a passage can be supplemented and explained by a parallel passage (Middot 22), and 4) a preceding phrase is post-positioned, that is, a following phrase must be regarded as properly preceding, and must be interpreted accordingly in exegesis. The second part is1) on the history of the massorah, including the keri and ketav (read and written forms) and 2) explaining biblical terms and names. The verso of the title page is in Cyrillic followed by the title page foir the first part, which repeats the pertinent information given on the volume title page, a dedication by R. Berkovich to his father, a preface, introduction, and then the text. The description of the middot includes numerous examples and is accompanied by footnotes.
Paragraph 2    בשני חלקים ... הראשון כולל באורים חדשים במקראות רבים בכתבי הקדש על פי ארבע מדות מל"ב מדות דר' אליעזר בנו של ר' יוסי הגלילי - והם: א) מדרך קצרה >מדה ט<; ב) מסדור שנחלק >מדה יא<; ג) מדבר שחבירו מוכיח עליו >מדה כב<; ד) מוקדם שהוא מאוחר בענין >מדה לא<. החלק השני כולל א) לתולדות המסורה בכלל ותולדות הקרי וכתיב בפרט. ב) באורי איזה שמות בכה"ק ... מאתי יצחק צבי בלא"א מוהר"ר אשר נ"י בערקאוויטש קיוב ...

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   BE mem 667; CD-EPI 0115013
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica