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Lot #    9387
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 1:26:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sha'arei Zedek
Title (Hebrew)    שערי צדק
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Joseph Gikatilla
City    Korzec (Korets)
Publisher    Anton Kreiger
Publication Date    1785
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition. 45 ff., 187:157 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamp on title. A very good copy bound in contemporary half vellum and marbled paper boards.
   Explanation of the theory of Sefirot, reversing their normal succession.

R. Joseph b. Abraham Gikatilla (Chiquatilla, 1248–c. 1325), Spanish kabbalist whose works exerted a profound and permanent influence on kabbalism. Gikatilla, who was born in Medinaceli, Castile, lived for many years in Segovia. Between 1272 and 1274 he studied under Abraham Abulafia, who praises him as his most successful pupil. Gikatilla, who was at first greatly influenced by Abulafia's ecstatic, prophetic system of kabbalism, soon showed a greater affinity for philosophy.

R. Gikatilla made an original attempt to provide a detailed yet lucid and systematic exposition of kabbalism. He was also the originator of the doctrine equating the infinite, Ein Sof, with the first of the ten Sefirot. The conception was rejected by the majority of kabbalists from the 16th century onward, but his works continued to be highly esteemed and were published in many editions.

Paragraph 2    חברו החכם רבי יוסף בן קרניטול [גיקאטיליא] בן ... רבי אברהם בן רי"ת ... כל מעשיהו לבא אל היכל ... הקבלה ...
   CD-EPI 0117131; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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