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Lot #    22504
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 1:30:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Avodat ha-Kodesh
Title (Hebrew)    עבודת הקודש
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Meir ibn Gabbai
City    Lemberg
Publisher    Joseph Schnayder
Publication Date    1848-49
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1], 49; 65 [i.e. 69]; [1], 103; [1], 58 ff., 204:130 mm., wide margins, light age staining, old hands on title. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Paragraph 1    Initial title unrecorded (see below).
          
Detailed
Description
   R. Meir b. Ezekiel ibn Gabbai (1480–after 1540), kabbalist of the generation of Spanish exiles. The details of his life are not known. Apparently he lived in Turkey and possibly died in Erez Israel. He wrote three books dealing with the principal problems of Kabbalah. They are: Tola'at Ya'akov (written in 1507 and first printed in Constantinople, 1560), on the prayers; Derekh Emunah (written in 1539 and first printed Constantinople, 1560), an explanation of the doctrine of the sefirot in the form of questions and answers, based on Sha'ar ha-Sho'el by Azriel of Gerona and incorporating views of the Zohar; and Avodat ha-Kodesh, on the entire doctrine of the Kabbalah, in four parts - on the unity of G-d, the worship of G-d, the purpose of man in the universe, and an explanation of esoteric aspects of the Torah - an important work which he wrote from 1523 to 1531. The last is the most comprehensive and organized summary of the doctrine of the Kabbalah prior to the Safed period and was one of the most popular books on Kabbalah even with recent generations. It was first printed 1566–68 under the name Marot Elokim. Ibn Gabbai was one of the leading proponents of the view that the Sefirot are the essence of divinity.
          
Paragraph 2    הסכמה: ר' בנימין וואלף ב"פ (בלאמענפעלד), לבוב, כה מנחם- אב תר"ח. - חלק ב

החלק הראשון נדפס בלי שער, לאחר שנדפס החלק השני. הרישום כאן לפי השערים של החלקים ב-ד. חלק א: חלק הייחוד. מט [צ"ל: מה] דף. חלק ב: (חלק העבודה). הביאו ... בדפוס ... מוה' יואל שור נ"י בהרב ... מוה' זכרי' אליעזר ליפא זצ"ל ממשפחת [ר' אפרים זלמן שור] ... בעמ"ח ספר תבואות שור מלבוב. 1848. כ, כה-סה [צ"ל: סט] דף. חלק ב: מעבר לשער: אל הקורא ... החילותי בחלק זה ראשונה ... ואחרי כלות מלאכתו, אתחיל את החלק הראשון. חלק ג: (חלק התכלית). הביאותיו ... על מכבש הדפוס אנכי ... יוסף כהן צדק מלבוב. 1848. [1], קג דף. חלק ד: סתרי התורה ... הביאותיו ... על מכבש הדפוס אנכי ... יוסף כהן צדק מלבוב. 1849. [1]. נח דף.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; CD-EPI 0119931
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica