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Bidding Information
Lot #    18678
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 11:15:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Tam ve-Yashar
Title (Hebrew)    ספר תם וישר
Author    R. Jacob b. Jermiah, Trans.
City    Sulzbach
Publisher    Zekel Arenstein
Publication Date    1800
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   74 [i.e. 84] ff., 194:165 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Sefer Tam ve-Yashar, is a Yiddish translation of the Sefer ha-Yashar (The Book of Righteousness), an anonymous work, probably written in the 13th century, one of the most popular ethical books in the Middle Ages. The book was published for the first time in Venice, in 1544, and since then has been reprinted many times. It was frequently attributed to R. Tam, the tosafist, who wrote a book by that name (Sefer ha-Yashar le-Rabbenu Tam, Vienna, 1811); his writing, however, is concerned only with halakhic problems. Some manuscripts attribute the book to Zerahiah ha-Yevani, but there is no evidence to bear out the authenticity of such an ascription. Some scholars have suggested that the author might have been R. Jonah Gerondi, one of the foremost writers in the field of ethics in the 13th century; however, the difference between R. Jonah's known views and those expounded in Sefer ha-Yashar would suggest otherwise.
          
Reference
Description
   Vin 484; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
17th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
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Characteristic
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Language:    Judeo-German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica