||Sepher Yezirah. A book on creation; or, the Jewish metaphysics of remote antiquity. With English translation, preface, explanatory notes and glossary, by Rev. Dr. Isidor Kalisch ... bound with as issued:
A Sketch of the Talmud, the world renowned collection of Jewish traditions, by Rev. Dr. Isidor Kalisch...
The Book of Creation, the earliest extant Hebrew text of systematic, speculative thought. Its brevity - no more than 1,600 words altogether even in its longer version - allied to its obscure and at the same time laconic and enigmatic style, as well as its terminology, have no parallel in other works on related subjects. The result of all these factors was that for over 1,000 years the book was expounded in a great many different ways, and not even the scientific investigations conducted during the 19th century succeeded in arriving at unambiguous and final results.