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Lot #    8637
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 12:21:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Leshon ha-Zahav
Title (Hebrew)    לשון הזהב
Author    [Psalms] R. Jedaiah b. Abraham Bedersi
City    Venice
Publisher    Daniel Zaniti
Publication Date    1599
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   16, 10 ff., 180:137 mm., light age staining, censor on final. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Exposition on several chapters in Psalms.

R. Jedaiah ha-Penini Bedersi, (c. 1270–1340), poet and philosopher. Possibly a native of Beziers, Jedaiah is known to have spent time in Perpignan and Montpellier. Little is known of his personal history. He may have been a physician. Jedaiah's intellectual interests were literary and philosophic, although the two spheres were not clearly separated. In his youth, he composed a poetic prayer of 1,000 words entitled "Bakkashat ha-Memim," every word of which begins with the letter mem (in Olelot ha-Bohen, 1808). He is also credited with a similar composition, every word of which begins with alef, but many believe that this latter poem was written by Jedaiah's father. In popular style he composed Ohev Nashim ("In Defense of Women," ed. by A. Neubauer in Jubelschrift... L. Zunz (1884), pt. 1, 138–40; pt. 2, 1–19). His best-known literary work is Sefer Behinat Olam ("The Book of the Examination of the World"), a lyrical, ethical monograph on the theme of the futility and vanity of this world, and the inestimably greater benefits of intellectual and religious pursuits. Behinat Olam, written in florid prose and rich in imagery, combines philosophic doctrine and religious fervor with a good measure of asceticism and pessimism.

Paragraph 2    והוא ביאור מאמרי רז"ל ממדר(ש) תלים מהפלוסוף... ר' ידעיה הפניני ז"ל (המכונה בדרשי). וביאור קצת מזמורים ממהר"ר יוסף טיטצאק ז"ל. ותוחכה[!] אחת לה"ר משה ן' עזרא ז"ל ([המביא לבית הדפוס] אברהם בן... דון שלמה עקרה זלה"ה)...

פירושיו של ר' יוסף טאיטאצאק למזמורי תהלים שונים נתפרסמו בתוך ספר מאיר תהלות לר' מאיר עראמה, ויניציאה ש"ן, עיין: תנ"ך. כתובים. תהלים. , אך אין ביניהם אלא מזמור אחד מאלה שנתפרשו בספרנו ואף הפירוש למזמור זה, מזמור יח, נדפס כאן בשינויים. ה"תוכחה", הפותחת "אברך את ה' אשר יעצני", אינה אלא "בקשה" והיא חלקה הראשון של תפילה לעשרת ימי תשובה מאת ר' יהודה הלוי. עי' אוצר השירה והפיוט, א, עמ' 18, מס' 354; ד, עמ' 217, מס' 354.

   CD-EPI 0138623; EJ
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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