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Lot #    26872
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:59:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Derekh ha-Hashgahah
Title (Hebrew)    דרך ההשגחה
Author    R. Zevi Hirsch ben Mordecai Marcus
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    J. L. Rofe & Son
Publication Date    1805
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. [2], 30 ff. octavo 212:120 mm., wide margins, usual light age and damp staining, old hand on title. A very good copy bound in later half cloth boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Only edition of this philosophical work on the existence of God, His unity, creation, and its habitation by R. Zevi Hirsch ben Mordecai Marcus. The title page describes Derekh ha-Hashgahah as being of small size but great value. It is called ha-Yashar me-Darkho and includes different ways according to the numbers of the tribes of the children of Israel. It enumerates their names, among them Derekh ha-Beriah, ha-Avot, Mizraim, ha-Torah, ha-Mitzvot, ha-Midbar, Ha-Yahud ve-ha-Rabbim, ha-hashgahah, ha-Mussar, ha-Netzhai, ha-Geulah, and ha-hashgahah. Through inquiry it explains the Torah, sayings of the sages, with clear reasoning and in a straightforward manner. It is further divided into four paths 1)explaining the existence and unity of the Creator, renewal of the world and providence; 2) explaining the arguments of the prophets with the philosophers and the truth of the thirteen ikkarim; 3) explaining the question as to the knowledge of the Creator and man’s free will; 4) and explaining Divine providence, reward and punishment, and the value of desire. The verso of the title page has a two column listing, the outer of the hakira (inquiries) and inner of verses and sayings of the sages. The text follows as described on the title page.
          
Paragraph 2    ... דרך נפרד מדרכי חבורי. אשר יבוא... בשמו הישר מדרכי, הכולל דרכים... כמספר שבטי ישראל... יצא דרך הזה ראשונה... בו נכללו יסודי הדת בדרך חקירה ואמונה... הובא אל הדפוס ע"י המחבר צבי הירש ב"ה מרדכי זצ"ל מאילפעלד, וכעת מתושבי אמשטרדם... בשנת ה'' י'ש'ג'י'ח' ד'ר'כ'י' ליצירה.
          
Reference
Description
   BE daled 1117; CD-EPI 0149711
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Holland:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Religion
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica