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Lot #    29166
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 12:00:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Josippon
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Joseph ben Gurion
City    Livorno (Leghorn)
Publisher    Eliezer Sa'adon
Publication Date    1794
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [3], 169 ff., 175:110 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Josippon, considered by many to be the Hebrew version written by Josephus for the Jews, has been attributed to Joseph ben Gurion, a tenth century resident of southern Italy. Whether this Joseph was the author or not, internal evidence dates Josippon to the middle of that century, with one manuscript being dated 953. Furthermore, a primary source of the author, who did reside in southern Italy, then part of the Greek speaking Byzantine Empire, was a Latin manuscript with sixteen only of the Antiquities twenty books and the Hegesippus, a Latin adaptation of the Jewish War, suggesting that the author was not literate in Greek. He was, however, knowledgeable in Jewish literature, as evidenced by his Hebrew style and use of older material. Josippon is divided into six books, subdivided into 97 chapters. It is based upon the works of Josephus, primarily the Wars and Antiquities, and to a lesser extent Against Apion, excluding the Life. Joseph does, however, occasionally insert material from other sources, including oral traditions. There is also much legendary and non-historical matter in Josippon.
          
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Reference
Description
   EJ; JE; Heller 16th Cent. Book; Waxman I 419-21: CD-EPI 0135425
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica