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Lot #    9384
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 1:23:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Cur Mizaref ha-Emunot ve-Ma’areh ha-Emet
Title (Hebrew)    כור מצרף האמונות ומראה האמת
Author    [Polemic - First Ed.] R. Isaac Lopes
City    Metz
Publisher    J. Mayer Samuel
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [6], 108 ff., 255:200 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining, some scattered worming, bound in modern half leather and marbled paper boards.
   Polemic work by R. Isaac Lopes of Haleb. There are two title pages, the first a half title page, the second, with a decorative frame and dated “Wisdom cries aloud in the street חכמת בחוץ תראה (607=1747)” (Proverbs 1:20). The latter informs that it is sublime and awesome polemical queries “from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopard” (Song of Songs 4:8), which the Nozrim bring against our Torah, the twenty-four books, and also the sayings of Hazal. Appropriate, forceful responses will be found to each of their charges, entirely based upon the works of the commentators. R. Lopes has written this work for the public good and in order to know how to respond to appikorsim. Cur Mizaref was brought to press by R. Isaac Altaras, head of the Jewish community in Marsulla. There are three introductions; the first about its publication, informing that it was written by R. Lopes 150 years ago and has been in the possession of the Altaras family; the second from the author, which was taken word for word from the introduction to R. Reuben ben Jacob’s Milhamot ha-Shem, written in 1170. Much of the text is also indebted to that work, which has never been published in its entirety. Cur Mizaref is divided into eleven sha’arim, which are further subdivided into chapters, of which there are sixty-six. The text is printed in two columns in rabbinic type. The volume concludes with an essay on the true faith (101a-03b) and an index of the contents.

As an example of the contents, the last Sha’ar is devoted to a dispute in the late 17th century with an apostate, originally named Jonah, by the name of Giovanni Batista Giona Galileo, who Lopes refers to as Maestro Pedro. Lopes is well versed in polemical literature and this is an important contribution to the field.

Paragraph 2    והוא ויכוחים כוללים שאלות... שמקשים עלינו הנוצרים על תורתנו... וגם על מאמרי רז"ל... וימצא אצל כל אחת מהשאלות תשובות... כולם נקבצו באו לנו בספרי המפרשים... ואסף אותם... המחבר ר' יצחק לופיס...

דף קא-קג: דרוש בענין האמונה האמיתית. יהודה רוזנטאל, ספרות הוויכוח האנטי-נוצרית (ארשת, ב, תש"ך, עמ' 158): "כבסיס לספרו שימש ללופיס הספר מלחמות השם של יעקב בן ראובן... לופיס העתיק את ההקדמה של יעקב בן ראובן מלה במלה... השער הראשון של לופיס הוא כמעט כולו העתק מתוך מלחמות השם".

   Rosenthal, Areshet II p. 158 no. 112; Vinograd, Metz 144; CD-EPI 0175269
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
France:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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