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Lot #    13582
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 11:14:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ma’yan Gannim
Title (Hebrew)    מעין גנים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Samuel ben Nissim Masnuth
City    Berlin
Publisher    Zevi Hirsh Itzkovitz
Publication Date    1889
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. xv, 135 pp., octavo, 250:157 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards.
   Midrashic commentary on the book of Job by the early sage (rishon), R. Samuel ben Nissim Masnuth. The ttile page describes it as a literal (peshat) commentary, with collected discourses from the early sages (hazal) from the Talmud and Midrashim. R. Masnut’s work is totally unlike other midrashic commentaries, even those of R. David ha-Nagid and R. Jacob ben Hananel Sikili, who were near him in place and time and bear some resemblance to him, in that he rarely uses his own words in the presentation of his commentary. It is, in effect, a verbal amalgam of different and independent midrashic sources woven together into a unique exegetical fabric. His familiarity with halakhic and aggadic sources (for which he rarely gives references) is quite exceptional. There are two Hebrew and a German title page. The text is set in a single column in square letters. Ma’yan Gannim on Job was printed by the Mekize Nirdamim Society which specialized in the publication of medieval Hebrew literature in every branch of intellectual activity, in scholarly editions. The editor, who provides an introduction, was R. Solomon Buber, (1827–1906), a renowned scholar and authority on midrashic and medieval rabbinic literature. This copy is bound with its original wrappers. R. Samuel ben Nissim Masnuth (13th century) was a talmudist and leader of Aleppo Jewry. Scarcely any biographical details are known of him, even the place from which his family originated being uncertain since some manuscripts mention Toledo and others Sicily. R. Judah al-Harizi, who visited Aleppo about 1218, waxed eloquent in praise of "Samuel b. Rabbenu Nissim of Aleppo." He wrote a special composition in his honor called Iggeret Leshon ha-Zahav (published by Z. H. Edelmann in Divrei Hefez, 1853). Because of the similarity of the names and the places, scholars are inclined to regard the two as identical, in spite of an explicit statement by Samuel in one of his commentaries (Dan. 7:25) to the effect that it was written in 1276, which would make him about 90 years old at the time. Masnut's renown rests on his extensive midrashic commentary, Ma’yan Gannim, which apparently embraced most, if not all, of the Bible.. His books contain important halakhic material for research on the history of halakhah, the texts of the Talmuds and the Midrashim, and particularly the various Aramaic targumim, of which he made frequent use. A piyyut by Masnut for the morning service of the Day of Atonement has been preserved in the liturgy of Algeria and Tunisia.
Paragraph 2    כולל פירוש על ספר איוב על פי הפשט. גם נקבצו בו דרשות חז"ל על ספר זה המפוזרות בתלמודים ומדרשים. חברו השר רבי שמואל בן רבי נסים מסנות ז"ל חי בארם צובה במאה האחרונה לאלף החמישי. נשאר בכתובים באוצר הספרים באקספארד, ויצא עתה בפעם ראשונה לאור עולם עם ציוני הפרשיות, וסימני הכתובים, וציונים מתנ"ך בגוף הספר, ועם הערות ותקונים ומראה מקומות, ופתח דבר בראש, ממני שלמה באבער מלבוב. (ספרים היוצאים לאור בפעם ראשונה על ידי חברת מקיצי נרדמים ; שנה חמישית)

Added t.p.: Majan-Gannim, Commentar Zu Job, von Rabbi Samuel ben Nisim Masnuth , Zum ersten Male nach einer oxforder Handschrift herausgegeben, mit Bemerkungen und einer Einleitung versehen, von Salomon Buber, in Lemberg

   BE mem 2794; EJ ; CD-EPI 0145810
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Midrash
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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