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Lot #    7562
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 12:06:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zohar
Title (Hebrew)    ספר הזהר
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Simeon b. Yohai
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Yohanan Levi Rophe & Son Benjamin
Publication Date    1805
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Three volumes. [6], 251, [19]; 280, [1]; 310, [1] ff., 220:134 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, lacking spines.
   Sepher ha-Zohar (The Book of Splendor), the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah. Also known as the Mekhilta de-R. Simeon b. Yohai in Sefer ha-Gevul of R. David b. Judah he-Hasid; the Midrash de-R. Simeon b. Yohai, in several books dating from the period of the pupils of R. Solomon b. Abraham Adret, in the Livnat ha-Sappir of R. Joseph Angelino, the homilies of R. Joshua ibn Shu'ayb, and the books of R. Meir ibn Gabbai; Midrash ha-Zohar, according to R. Isaac b. Joseph ibn Munir; Midrash Yehi Or in the Menorat ha-Ma'or of R. Israel al-Nakawa, apparently because he had a manuscript of the Zohar which began with a commentary on the verse "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3). Several statements from the Zohar were quoted in the first generation after its appearance, under the general title of Yerushalmi, in the writings of, for example, R. Isaac b. Sahula, R. Moses de Leon, and R. David b. Judah he-Hasid, and in the responsa of Rav Hai in the collection Sha'arei Teshuvah.

In its literary form the Zohar is a collection of several books or sections which include short midrashic statements, longer homilies, and discussions on many topics. The greater part of them purport to be the utterances of the tanna R. Simeon b. Yohai and his close companions (havrayya), but there are also long anonymous sections. It is not one book in the accepted sense of the term, but a complete body of literature which has been united under an inclusive title.

Paragraph 2    הקדוש על התורה ... כפי אשר נדפס במנטוב' דף על דף ... ובתשלום חסרון המאמרי' בדפוס קושטנדינא (והגיה ספר הזוהר ... ע"פ הגהות האר"י ... ר' שלום בוזאגלו נר"ו) ... חלק א-ד.

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   Vinograd, Amsterdam 2338; CD-EPI 0129423; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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