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Lot #    28985
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:30:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sheelot uTeshuvot me-ha-Geonim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Geonim
City    Mantua
Publisher    Solomon b. Samuel of Nortze
Publication Date    1597
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Third edition. 36 ff., 198:141 mm., light age staining, wide margins, white powder on inner margins. A good copy bound in modern half vellum and cloth over boards..
   Four hundred responsa from the geonim, heads of the talmudic academies, mainly in Babylonia, in Sura and Pumbedita, in the period after the redaction of the Talmud. The geonim, undisputed halakhic authorities of the time, received many thousands of inquiries from throughout the Jewish world encompassing all aspects of Jewish life and learning. On the title verso is a preamble from R. Solomon ben Menahem Kabuli followed by the responsa.

The text is in Rashi letters in a single column. Both queries and responses are concise, often simplifying a complex law in an epigrammatic manner. The names of the submitter, in contrast to later responsa, are omitted. The contents, by subject, are: tefilla and tefillin; Shabbat, Yom Tov and Pesah; the sanctity of the Kohen; first born and milah; honoring parents and proper conduct; laws related to dining; forbidden foods; usury; bans and lashes; gentile wine; oaths; illicit relations; betrothal; divorce and refusal of a minor; ketubbot; levirate marriage and halitzah; charity; judges and witnesses; ethics; injury; theft; deposits; sale; agency and partnership; borrowing and lending; deeds; inheritance and orphans; and mourning.

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   CD-EPI 0183387; EJ; JE; Heller, 16th Century Hebrew Book
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica