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Lot #    17455
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 1:11:44 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Rinnat Dodim
Title (Hebrew)    רנת דודים
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Elijah Loanz
City    Basel
Publisher    Conrad Waldkirch
Publication Date    1600
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 30 ff., 195:151 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining, old hands, stamps. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Kabbalistic commentary to the Song of Songs by R. Elijah b. Moses Loanz (1564–1636), one of the outstanding kabbalists of Germany in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Born in Frankfort on the Main, he was a grandson of R. Joseph Joselmann b. Gershom of Rosheim. His teachers included R. Akiva Frankfurter, R. Jacob Guenzberg of Friedberg, R. Judah Loew b. Bezalel of Prague, and R. Menahem Mendel b. Isaac of Cracow. Serving as rabbi in Fulda, Hanau, Friedberg, and Worms successively, he was also rosh yeshivah, preacher, and hazzan in Worms for a time. Because he was well known as a writer of kabbalistic amulets and incantations, early in his career he acquired the cognomen Elijah Ba'al Shem. Only one of his books, Rinnat Dodim, a kabbalistic commentary on the Song of Songs, was printed during his lifetime (Basle, 1600). Other published works include Mikhlol Yofi, a commentary on Ecclesiastes (Amsterdam, 1695). He was the author of occasional liturgical poetry and his secular poem, Vikku'ah Yayin im ha-Mayim, was translated into German. Among his works still in manuscript (Oxford Bodleian Library) are an incomplete commentary on Midrash Genesis Rabbah; Ma'gelei Zedek, a supercommentary on R. Bahya b. Asher's commentary on the Pentateuch; Adderet Eliyahu, a commentary on the Zohar; Zafenat Pa'ne'ah on Tikkunei Zohar; and a commentary on R. Bahya ibn Pakuda's Hovot ha-Levavot. Some of his kabbalistic amulets and formulae are included in the collections Toledot Adam (Zolkiew, 1720) and Mifalot Elohim (ibid., 1727). R. Loanz also prepared for press a number of halakhic works, notably Darkhei Moshe by R. Moses Isserles.
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   Joseph Prijs, Die Basler hebraeischen Drucke, Basel 1964, S. 271, No. 166. I ; CD-EPI 0304551
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Listing Classification
15th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica