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Lot #    13880
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:43:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Catechismus Judaeorum
Title (Hebrew)    לקח טוב
Author    R. Abraham Jagel Monselice
City    Franequerae (Franeker)
Publisher    Joannem Gyselaar
Publication Date    1690
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [20], 57 ,57, [1] pp., 150:92 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern full cloth over boards.
   R. Abraham Jagel b. Hananiah dei Monselice (16th–17th cent.), Italian philosopher and author. He lived in Ferrara, Venice, and Sassuolo, and apparently served as private tutor to wealthy Jewish families. Of special importance was his work Lekah Tov (first published in Venice, 1595), written in the form of a dialogue between a rabbi and his disciple, and originally intended for young people, Lekah Tov is a book of religious guidance whose main subject is ways for attaining happiness in the hereafter. R. Jagel sets forth faith, hope, and love (charity) as the principal foundations of religious life: faith and hope are viewed by him as "a gift given by G-d to our souls"; love encompasses both love of G-d and love of man. R. Jagel discusses sin and repentance and ennumerates seven "principal classes of sin" and, in contrast, seven major virtues. In his listing of principles of faith, Jagel followed Maimonides, on whose works he leaned heavily. His views on the love of man are reported in detail by his contemporary Isaiah Horowitz (1565, Sha'ar ha-Otiyyot, s.v. Beri'ot), R. Jagel also composed a kind of scientific encyclopedia, in four parts, entitled Beit Ya'ar Levanon, a few chapters of which have been published, but most of which is extant only in manuscript. Jagel's other writings deal with religious philosophy, astrology, religious tradition and law, and interpretations of astronomical works. Some modern scholars have identified R. Jagel with the apostate Camillo Jagel who, in 1611, was appointed by the heads of the Inquisition as book censor. This identification has been proved false since R. Abraham Jagel's writings, even after 1617, attest to his continuing adherence to Judaism.
Paragraph 2    על-פי הוצאת לונדון 1679. עברית ולאטינית זו מול זו.
   CD-EPI 0106917; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Religion
Language:    Hebrew, Latin
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica