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Lot #    34765
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:35:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Midrash Haserot we-Yeserot
Title (Hebrew)    מדרש חסירות ויתירות
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham Marmorstein
City    London
Publisher    Lusac
Publication Date    1917
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 12, 84, xii pp. octavo 225:145 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards, original wrapper pasted on front panel.
   Only edition of this scholarly study based on manuscripts of lost midrashim of full and defective spellings of words in the Torah by R. Abraham (Arthur) Marmorstein. There are both Hebrew and English introductions. In the latter R. Marmorstein informs that Midrash Haserot we-Yeserot deals not only with haggadic interpretations based on Plena (full) and Defectiva written words but also words which are either not read as written or read without being written, or read and written differetntly indifferent places, with the use of the different shin and sin, on the ten pointed passages, with the words with suspended letters. R. Marmorstein notes that each of the haggadic explanations have their own history, addressed here.

R. Abraham (Arthur) Marmorstein (1882–1946) was a rabbi, scholar, and teacher. Born in Miskolc, Hungary, R. Marmorstein was descended from a long line of Hungarian rabbis known not only for their talmudic learning but also for their familiarity with secular literature. He studied at the yeshivah of Pressburg and the rabbinic seminaries of Budapest and Berlin. After visiting libraries for some time in England, Italy, and France, transcribing manuscripts, R. Marmorstein served for six years as rabbi at Jamnitz (Jemnice), Czechoslovakia. From 1912 until his death he taught at Jews' College, London. R. Marmorstein's scholarship embraced many subjects. His initial training at the universities was in Semitics, with special emphasis on Assyriology. He was particularly fascinated by the aggadic sections of the Talmud and by liturgy. Though R. Marmorstein contributed to many areas of Jewish scholarship, he is noteworthy for his studies in rabbinic theology, the subject of his two important volumes Doctrine of Merits in Old Rabbinic Literature (1920) and Old Rabbinic Doctrine of God (2 pts., 1927); both were reprinted in one volume with an introduction by R.J. Zwi Werblowsky (1968). Other important essays on rabbinic theology by R. Marmorstein were collected and published under the title Studies in Jewish Theology (1950). R. Marmorstein's work is characterized by painstaking detail in the collection of sources, which are important for the study of rabbinic religion.

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with notes and introduction, by A. Marmorstein... עם הקדמה באנגלית ושער-נוסף: ...ve-Yeserot Haserot Midrash

   BE mem 745; EJ; CD-EPI 0146358
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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