Moses Ben Esra Aus Granada: Darstellung Seines Lebens Und Literarischen Wirkens, Nebst Hebräischen Beylagen Und Deutschen Ubersetzungen

Dukes, Leopold

Published by Altona; Gedruckt Bei Gebrüder Bonn, 1839
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Original boards. 12mo. VI, [2], 115, [1] pages. 20 cm. First edition. In German and Hebrew. Title translates as: "Moses ben Ezra, of Granada: Account of his Life and Literary Activity, along with Hebrew and German translations. " The translations include the works: "Tarshish" and "Diwan. " "Dukes spent about 20 years in England, and from his researches in the Bodleian library and the British Museum (which contain two of the most valuable Hebrew libraries in the world) Dukes was able to complete the work of Leopold Zunz. The most popular work of Dukes was his Rabbinische Blumenlese (1844), in which he collected the rabbinic proverbs and illustrated them from the gnomic literatures of other peoples. Dukes made many contributions to philology, but his best work was connected with the medieval Hebrew poetry, especially Ibn Gabirol" (Wikipedia 2012). Moses ibn Ezra was a "Spanish philosopher, linguist, and poet; born at Granada about 1070; (died after 1138) ; relative of Abraham ibn Ezra and pupil of Isaac ibn Ghayyat. He was a distinguished philosopher, an able linguist, and, above all, a powerful poet, of whom Judah al-? Arizi said: "Moses ibn Ezra draws pearls from the well of thought" Ibn Ezra was an unrivaled master of the Hebrew language. His poetical productions, both sacred and secular, are distinguished by their beauty of form and style, and were, according to Al-? Arizi ("Ta? Kemoni, " iii. ) , preferred by poets even to those of Judah ha-Levi and Abraham ibn Ezra. Ibn Ezra's secular poems are contained in two works: in the "Tarshish" (so called on account of the 1, 210 lines it comprised) , or "'Ana? . " (Arabic title "Zahr al-Riya?") , and in the first part of his "Diwan. " The "Tarshish" is divided into ten chapters, each of which contains in order the twenty-two letters of the alphabet. It is written in the Arabic style of poetry termed "tajnis, " which consists in the repetition of words in every stanza, but with a different meaning in each repetition. The first chapter is dedicated to a certain Abraham (certainly not Abraham ibn Ezra) , whose merits he exalts in Oriental fashion. In the nine remaining chapters are discussed: (ch. Ii. ) wine, love, and song; (iii. ) the beauty of country life; (iv. , v. ) love-sickness and the separation of lovers; (vi. ) unfaithful friends; (vii. ) old age; (viii. ) vicissitudes of fortune, and death; (ix. ) confidence in God; (x. ) the glory of poetry. " (1906 Jewish Encyclopeda) Subjects: Biography. Ibn Ezra, Moses, ca. 1060-ca. 1139. Jewish religious poetry, Hebrew -- History and criticism. Binding previously reinforced with tape. Foxing throughout, with light soiling on title page. All text clear. Good condition. (GER-40-15) ger7new, HEB3, SEF6, BIBLIOG3. (JA) , rab8. Bookseller Inventory # 29070

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Title: Moses Ben Esra Aus Granada: Darstellung ...

Publisher: Altona; Gedruckt Bei Gebrüder Bonn

Publication Date: 1839

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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