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Lot #    16920
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:19:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ha-Mistadahl
Title (Hebrew)    המשתדל
Author    R. Samuel David Luzzatto (Shedal)
City    Vienna
Publisher    Francesco Schmid ed I.I. Busch
Publication Date    1847-48
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only independent edition. [4], 12; 16; 8; 23 ff., 209:140 mm., usual age staining, nice margins. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, spine in later cloth.
   Bible commentary by R. Samuel David Luzzatto, often referred to by the acronym of Shedal. The Italian scholar, philosopher, Bible commentator, and translator is descendant from a long line of scholars. He wrote his first Hebrew poem at the age of nine. His mother died when he was 13 and his father's pecuniary status declined seriously making it necessary for the young Luzzatto to assist his father in his work. His own wife died after a long illness, and he eventually married her sister. He survived two of his children - one Philoxenus (or Filosseno), had been a young man of especially great promise. Shedal's translation of the Ashkenazi prayer book into Italian appeared in 1821/22, and that of the Italian rite in 1829. He established a regular correspondence with the Jewish scholar, Isaac Samuel Reggio, and through the efforts of the latter, Luzzatto was appointed professor of the newly established rabbinical college of Padua in 1829. There he spent the rest of his life teaching Bible, philology, philosophy, and Jewish history. His versatility and the scope of his learning are best seen in the mass of letters written to all the outstanding Jewish savants of the day - to Geiger, Zunz, Rapoport, Steinschneider and others. He wrote a Hebrew commentary on the Pentateuch and the Haftarot. It is in this type of work that his attitude to Judaism is revealed. He was a traditionalist and maintained a firm belief in revelation and treated the text of the Torah with sacred regard although he occasionally allowed himself to depart from the traditional phrasing of the words as reflected in the Masorah and the Talmud.
Paragraph 2    והוא פירוש על קצת מקומות מן התורה, מלאכת שמואל דוד לוצאטו איש טריאסטי...

בשער: 1847. הקדמה: תר"ח. תדפיס מתוך ספר "נתיבות השלום", חמשה חומשי תורה, 1846-[1848]: בראשית, דף [2], שמא-שנב; שמות, דף רצג-שח; ויקרא, דף רפו-רצג; במדבר, דף רג-ריג; דברים דף רמג-רנד.

   CD-EPI 0178604; EJ; JE
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica