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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
   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.
   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.
   Vin 484; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
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Language:    Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
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