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Lot #    8251
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 10:18:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sepher ha-Zohar
Title (Hebrew)    ספר הזהר הקדוש
Author    [Kabbalah - Unrecorded] R. Simeon b. Yohai
City    Szeczin
Publisher    R. Grossman
Publication Date    1862
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Three volumes. [5], 251, 19; [1], 280; [1], 311, [11] ff., 220:139 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good set bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Paragraph 1    With unrecorded extra titles on yellow paper.
          
Detailed
Description
   Sepher ha-Zohar (The Book of Splendor), the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah. Also known as the Mekhilta de-R. Simeon b. Yohai in Sefer ha-Gevul of R. David b. Judah he-Hasid; the Midrash de-R. Simeon b. Yohai, in several books dating from the period of the pupils of R. Solomon b. Abraham Adret, in the Livnat ha-Sappir of R. Joseph Angelino, the homilies of R. Joshua ibn Shu'ayb, and the books of R. Meir ibn Gabbai; Midrash ha-Zohar, according to R. Isaac b. Joseph ibn Munir; Midrash Yehi Or in the Menorat ha-Ma'or of R. Israel al-Nakawa, apparently because he had a manuscript of the Zohar which began with a commentary on the verse "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3). Several statements from the Zohar were quoted in the first generation after its appearance, under the general title of Yerushalmi, in the writings of, for example, R. Isaac b. Sahula, R. Moses de Leon, and R. David b. Judah he-Hasid, and in the responsa of Rav Hai in the collection Sha'arei Teshuvah.,p> In its literary form the Zohar is a collection of several books or sections which include short midrashic statements, longer homilies, and discussions on many topics. The greater part of them purport to be the utterances of the tanna R. Simeon b. Yohai and his close companions (havrayya), but there are also long anonymous sections. It is not one book in the accepted sense of the term, but a complete body of literature which has been united under an inclusive title.
          
Paragraph 2    על התורה ... כמו באמשטרדם ... חלק א-ד.

בשנת ג'ל' עיני וא'ב'י'ט'ה' נ'פ'ל'א'ו'ת' מתורתך לחלק א שני שערים. הפרט של שנת הדפוס בשער השני. בשער הראשון ובשערי חלק ב-ד: כמו באמשטרדם ... בשנת גל עיני ואביטה' נ'פ'ל'אות' [תקס"ה]. דומה לדפוס קראטאשין תר"ד-תר"ה. עם הקדמת שלום בוזאגלו ו"מפתחות מזהר גדול ומזהר חדש ומתיקונים" שנדפסו בהוצאת קראטאשין. מקום הדפוס ושם המדפיס לא נדפסו אלא בחלק ב, ד. אות הדפוס והמסגרת המצויירת בשערים שוות בכל החלקים.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0129440; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica