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Lot #    13892
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:49:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Petah Tikva
Title (Hebrew)    פתח תקוה
Author    [Kariate - Only Ed] Mordecai b. Joseph Sultanski
City    Yevpatoriya
Publication Date    1857
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 4, 3-6, 5-8, 11-226 pp., 196:158 mm., wide margins, light age staining, old hands, erasures on title. A very good copy bound in later half cloth over boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Kariate literature by Mordecai b. Joseph Sultanski, (c. 1772–1862), Karaite scholar and writer. Born in Lutsk, Volhynia, he served as teacher first in his native town, then in Chufut-Kale and Yevpatoriya (both in the Crimea), and later in Kherson, Ukraine. Sultansky was widely read in both Karaite literature and such rabbinic authors as Maimonides, Abrahan ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Bahya ibn Paquda, and Levi b. Gershom. The most important of his printed works is his Zekher Zaddikim (also entitled Kizzur Aggadah; ed. by S. Ponanski, 1920) which contains a detailed account of Karaism from its beginnings to the author's time. Since the book lacks both critical approach and documentary research, it is of little scientific value. However, it is of great interest as an example of modern Karaite historiography, the predecessor of Abraham Firkovich's method of composing Karaite history by twisting and falsifying facts to elevate Karaism and decry Rabbanism. Sultansky also published a Hebrew grammar entitled Petah Tikva (pt. 1, Yevpatoriya, 1857), Metiv Da'at (ibid., 1858), a philosophical defense of Karaism, containing many quotations from old rabbinic and modern Hebrew authors, and polemics against Rabbanism and Hasidism.
          
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Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0153499; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Karaite
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica