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Lot #    13748
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 12:37:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Menahem ben Sakuk
Title (Hebrew)    Mit Berucksichtigung seiner Vorganger und Nachfolg
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Siegmund Gross
City    Breslau
Publisher    Schletter'sche
Publication Date    1872
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. XII, 112, [2] pp., 220:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps, plates. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth over boards.
   R. Menahem b. Jacob ibn Saruq (Saruk; tenth century), was the author of Mahberet, covering the entire Hebrew Bible. It is the first complete Hebrew dictionary in which the root system is worked out, separating them from the prefixes and suffixes. The Mahberet, written in a pure Hebrew, includes definitions and explanations. R. Dunash b. Labrat (mid-10th century), the other great Hebrew grammarian and ibn Saruq' s rival, claimed to have disputed 200 items in the Mahberet, but in the text which has been preserved there are only 160 entries. Many of Dunash's comments dealt with Menachem's explanations which, in his opinion, were likely to lead to error in matters of Halacha and belief.

Ibn Saruq was born in Tortosa, Spain but moved at an early age to Cordova, where first Isaac, the father of Hisdai ibn Shaprut, and afterwards Hisdai were his patrons. Ibn Saruq was the author of Hisdai's famous letter to the king of the Khazars. R. Dunash b. Labrat (mid-10th century), linguist and Hebrew poet, was described by R. Moses ibn Ezra as a Baghdadi by origin and a man of Fez by education. R. Dunash studied with Saadiah Gaon in Baghdad, and was called by the honorific titles nasi and gevir, and served as a rabbi and dayyan. Dunash wrote a series of responsa against Menachem and presented them, with praise and thanks, to Hisdai.

   EJ; JE; Waxman I 169-72
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica