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Lot #    8292
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 10:59:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Menorat Zahav
Title (Hebrew)    מנורת זהב [כלה]
Author    R. Israel b. Joseph Alnaqua
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Israel b. Abraham Bak
Publication Date    1864
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   76 ff., 166:107 mm., light age staining, old hand on title, made up copy. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   R. Israel b. Joseph Alnaqua, ethical writer and martyr; lived in Toledo, Spain; died at the stake, together with Judah ben Asher, in the summer of the year 1391. He is the author of an ethical work in twenty chapters, entitled "Menorat ha-Maor" (Candlestick). The work commences with a long poem, an acrostic on the author's name. Then follows a preface in rimed prose. . The introduction to each chapter is headed by a poem, giving the acrostic of his name, Israel. It was printed in 1578. A manuscript of it is in the Bodleian. An abridgment of it was published at Cracow, 1593, under the title "Menorat Zahav Kullah" (Candlestick Wholly of Gold). It is divided into five sections, which contain observations (1) on laws in general; (2) on education; (3) on commerce; (4) on the behavior of litigants and judges in court; (5) on conduct toward one's fellow men. This is supplemented by a treatise, , consisting of Talmudic and midrashic sayings and maxims, which has been published in German (Hebrew characters) in Wagenseil's Belehrung der Jüd.-Deutschen Red-und Schreibart," Königsberg, 1699.
   Zunz, Z. G. p. 435; Benjacob, Ozar ha-Sefarim, p. 337, No. 1436; JE; Halevi, Jerusalem Imprints 99; Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. No. 5447; Not in CD-EPI
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica