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SEFER MATSREF LA-HOKHMAH

Delmedigo, Joseph Solomon

Published by Odesa; Bi-Defus M. A. Belinson, 1864
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Later Boards. 12mo. 108 pages. 19 cm. Second edition. In Hebrew. Short work in defense of the Cabala, by Joseph Solomon Delmedigo (1591–1655) , "rabbi, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer; also known as Joseph Solomon Rofe acronym YashaR) of Candia (Crete) . A writer of extensive Jewish and secular learning and of encyclopedic range, he is the author of works whose number is estimated by some authorities at 30, by others at over 60. wrote Mazref la-Hokhmah, in which he allegedly refuted the attack on the Kabbalah made by his distant relative Elijah Delmedigo, in his Behinat ha-Dat. Since, as Delmedigo himself explains, he was commissioned to write such a refutation, it is unclear whether the work reflects his true convictions. He says in this connection: 'Do not presume that you can unravel the author's mind from his book' (ed. Odessa, 1864, p. 85) . Leone Modena understood the Mazref la-Hokhmah as a refutation of kabbalistic ideas, using it in his Ari Nohem ('Roaring Lion') , a systematic anti-kabbalistic treatise. In 1629–31, his Ta'alumot Hokhmah, a collection of kabbalistic treatises, was published by his disciple, Samuel Ashkenazi, in Basle, Switzerland. The first section, Mazref la-Hokhmah, appeared in 1629, the second, Novelot Hokhmah ('Fallen Fruit of Wisdom') , in 1631. Except for these two books, the only other material that remains of Delmedigo's colossal output is the full text of his letter to Zerah of Troki, which was published together with a German translation in 1840 by Abraham Geiger in his Melo Chofnajim. " - EJ 2008 Subjects: Cabala. Jewish philosophy. OCLC lists 10 copies. Leaf 21-22 previously repaired with tape. Boards worn, bumped at edges. Light soiling and foxing throughout, overall fresh and clean. Institutional stamp on rear board. Otherwise fresh. Good - condition. (SPEC-40-22). Bookseller Inventory # 33568

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Title: SEFER MATSREF LA-HOKHMAH

Publisher: Odesa; Bi-Defus M. A. Belinson

Publication Date: 1864

Binding: Hardcover

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