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Lot #    8708
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 1:32:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Baraita shel Shelosh Esreh Middot with commentary
Title (Hebrew)    שלש עשרה מדות דרבי ישמעאל ע'פ
Author    [Ms.] R. Jehiel Nahman Foa
City    [Italy]
Publication Date    17th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [28] ff., 131:85 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, neat italian script, name on title. Bound in modern boards.
   R. Ishmael b. Elisha's 13 hermeneutical rules for the study of the Torah with an apparently unprinted commentary. They are commenly known as the Baraita shel Shelosh Esreh Middot with which the Sifra opens and are recited in the morning daily prayers. The rabbis saw the Pentateuch as a unified, Divinely communicated text, consistent in all its parts. It was consequently possible to uncover deeper meanings and to provide for a fuller application of its laws by adopting certain principles of interpretation (middot; "measures," "norms").

R. Jehiel Nahman Foa (17th cent.) was a student and disciple of R. Moses Zacuto. A reknowned bibliophile, his collection included many important halakhic manuscripts from early rabbinical scholars as well as several illuminated manuscipts on vellum.

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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
Manuscript Type
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