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Lot #    5199
Auction End Date    7/15/2003 2:02:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Teitiv Da'at
Title (Hebrew)    תיטיב דעת
Author    [Kariate] Mordechai b. Joseph Sultanski
City    Yevpatoriya
Publisher    Abraham Firkowitz
Publication Date    1858
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 1-3, [2], 4-44; [1], 45-130 p., quarto, 203:145 mm., light browning, initian and final few f. backed, bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Kariate literature by Mordechai b. Joseph Sultanski, (c. 1772–1862), Karaite scholar and writer. Born in Lutsk, Volhynia, he served as teacher first in his native town, then in Chufut-Kale and Yevpatoriya (both in the Crimea), and later in Kherson, Ukraine. Sultansky was widely read in both Karaite literature and such rabbinic authors as Maimonides, Abrahan ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Bahya ibn Paquda, and Levi b. Gershom. The most important of his printed works is his Zekher Zaddikim (also entitled Kizzur Aggadah; ed. by S. Ponanski, 1920) which contains a detailed account of Karaism from its beginnings to the author's time. Since the book lacks both critical approach and documentary research, it is of little scientific value. However, it is of great interest as an example of modern Karaite historiography, the predecessor of Abraham Firkovich's method of composing Karaite history by twisting and falsifying facts to elevate Karaism and decry Rabbanism. Sultansky also published a Hebrew grammar entitled Petah Tikva (pt. 1, Yevpatoriya, 1857), Metiv Da'at (ibid., 1858), a philosophical defense of Karaism, containing many quotations from old rabbinic and modern Hebrew authors, and polemics against Rabbanism and Hasidism.
Paragraph 2    יופיע דעות בענינים מתחלפים... בינה מאלפים לבחורי חמד... מאתי... מרדכי סולטנסקיי הלוצקי חנה פה... גוזלווא... בן... ר' יוסף... אבד' רב ומץ' דקה"ק לוצקא... (חלק [א]-ב). [1], 130-45 עמ', עם שער קצר: חלק שני. עמ' 129-128: תפלה קצרה לרבנו זרח החכם. פותחת: אברך אל אדון עולם ונעלם. סי' א"ב, זרח בר נתן חזק. אוצר השירה והפיוט, א, עמ' 17, מס' 337; ד, עמ' 217, מס' 337. עמ' 130: אל אלהים אדני בינה געית דל. בקשה. סי' א"ב, תשר"ק, אני זרח בר נתן הטרוקי חזק ואמץ. שם, א, עמ' 160, מס' 3419; ד, עמ' 243, מס' 3419. עיקרי תורת הקראים על בריאת העולם, מציאות המלאכים, הפסקת הנבואה והשארות הנפש בצורת שאלות ותשובות, תוך פולמוס עם תורת הקבלה, החסידות ועם ספר הברית [מאת ר' פינחס אליהו הורוויץ].
   CD-EPI 0153500; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Kariate
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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