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Libro de Las Generaciones (Ms. 17633, B.N. Madrid) and The Book of Yashar (English Anonymous Translation)

Lazar, Moshe (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0911437509 / ISBN 13: 9780911437508
Published by Labyrinthos, Culver City, CA, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover

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1/300. XXVIII, 515 pp. on acid-free paper. Original gilt-stamped red smyth-sewn clothbound with gilt illustration on front board and gilt lettering on spine housed in matching slipcase. Red endpapers. Third volume in the "Sephardic Classical Library" series. Two translations of a popular post-biblical book of epic and romance narrative, known as Sefer ha-Yasar [The Upright Book, The Upright Record, or Book of the Upright (Righteous)], and sometimes named after its opening line Sefer Toledot Adam [Book of the Generations of Adam]. The origin and date of composition are still a matter of debate. Long considered one of the lost biblical books mentioned in Joshua (10:13) and II Samuel (1:18), it is, in fact, similar to other pseudo-historical narratives from the Middle Ages. The Sefer ha-Yasar mixes select chapters from the biblical narrative (Genesis to beginning of Judges) with midrashic and legendary episodes borrowed from various sources, focusing on the lives and tribulations of major figures in the Pentateuch (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ismael, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, Moses, Joshua) along with nations and protagonists related to them through historical or legendary links. The English translation is derived from the 1840 Mordecai Manuel Noah edition and is a close literal rendering of the original Hebrew text, whereas the Ladino translation may be characterized as a creative stylized adaptation, often condensing or amplifying dramatic passages, and even rendering two chapters in rhymed stanzas. Preface and Introduction in English; text in romanized Ladino facing English version. Scarce work with slipcase, binding and interior in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38957

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Title: Libro de Las Generaciones (Ms. 17633, B.N. ...

Publisher: Labyrinthos, Culver City, CA

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Deluxe Limited Edition.

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew

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