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Lot #    26754
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:00:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Corpus Codicum Hebraicorum Medii Aevi
Title (Hebrew)    פירוש המשנה לרבי משה בן מימון ז'ל
Author    Maimonides; Rafael Edelmannn (ed.).
City    Copenhagen
Publisher    Ejner Munksgaard
Publication Date    1956-61
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   4 volumes in 3. 56 pp., LXI, 784 pp. XVIII. 29 pp. [Volume 2 and 3 have continuous pagination], crisp copy, bound in quarter leather with matching slipcases.
   Title: Corpus Codicum Hebraicorum Medii Aevi: Maimonides Commentarius in Mishnam. E codicibus Hunt 117 et Pococke 295 in bibliotheca Bodleiana Oxoniensi servatis et 72-73 bibliothecae Sassooniensis Letchworth. Introductionem hebraice et britannice scripsit S. D. Sassoon. Accessit S. M. Stern Decem scripta autographa Maimonidis.

Vol. 1. Introductio. Zeraim et Moed. Vol.2.Naschim et Neziqim. Pars I. vol. 3. Neziqim, Pars II et Qodashim.This is a sumptuous facsimile edition of the extant five first parts of Maimonides' commentary to the Mishna in the author's own handwriting. It contains Maimonides' commentary to five of the six Talmud Orders (Zeraim, Moed, Nashim, Neziqim and Qodashim), with one missing (Toharot). Complete as issued.

As indicated by the title page, it is a facsimile of autographed manuscripts from the Bodeliana Library of Oxford and the Sassoon Library. Part of a series: Corpus Codicum Hebraicorum Mediii Aevi. Pars I. Illustrated throughout in b/w photographs. Text in Hebrew and English. Contents of photographs in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. ,p> R. Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides, Rambam) (1135 or 1138–1204) was a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco and Egypt during the Middle Ages. He is prestige and learning was so great that he also influenced the non-Jewish world. Although his copious works on Jewish law and ethics were initially met with opposition during his lifetime, he was posthumously acknowledged to be one of the foremost rabbinical arbiters and philosophers in Jewish history. Today, his works and his views are considered a cornerstone of Orthodox Jewish thought and study. If one did not know that Maimonides was the name of a man, Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, one would assume it was the name of a university. The writings and achievements of this twelfthcentury Jewish sage seem to cover an impossibly large number of activities. Maimonides was the first person to write a systematic code of all Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah. Maimonides's major contribution to Jewish life remains the Mishneh Torah, his code of Jewish law. His intention was to compose a book that would guide Jews on how to behave in all situations just by reading the Torah and his code, without having to expend large amounts of time searching through the Talmud. Needless to say, this provocative rationale did not endear Maimonides to many traditional Jews, who feared that people would rely on his code and no longer study the Talmud. Despite sometimes intense opposition, the Mishneh Torah became a standard guide to Jewish practice: It later served as the model for the Shulkhan Arukh, the sixteenthcentury code of Jewish law that is still regarded as authoritative by Orthodox Jews.

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Language:    Hebrew
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