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Sefer Atzamot Yosef

Ibn Ezra, Joseph

Published by Vilna, 1835

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8vo, 204 pp. Original quarter leather over paper-covered boards. Stamp on inside front cover indicates this book being part of the library of Rabbi David Essrig know for the famous title "The Fountain of Wisdom." Ibn Ezra was a learned Talmudist and a rabbi in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a descendent of the Ibn Ezra family in Spain. Among his highly esteemed works are "Rosh Yosef," a commentary on the Turim (the part treating of communal taxes and contributions was published at Salonica, 1601, under the title Massa' Melek), Atzamot Yosef, commentary on Massekhet Kiddushin, 1601; Berlin, 1699, and Fürth, 1767. In the preface to the latter the author states that the object of the commentary is to give, in addition to the ordinary exposition of the text (peshat), a clear insight into the methodology of the Talmud. Furthermore he states that the responsa of Joseph ibn Leb in 1576, which reached him after he had finished his commentary. It compelled him to make some significant changes. The appendix contains the Halachic decisions of the treatise in question with explanations of some difficult passages in various other treatises. Ibn Ezra also wrote a commentary on Bava Metzia mentioned in the Atzamot Yosef, and on rules for the interpretation of the Talmud, also responsa, some of which are found in the Atzamot Yosef, the responsa of Salomon ha-Kohen, Samuel de medinas Beno Shemuel, and the Shai la-Mora of Shabbethai Jonah. Late in life Ibn Ezra was compelled to seek refuge in Constantinople. From there he was called to the rabbinate of Sofia where he eventually died. According to the imprint at the back of the title page, the book got approval for printing on July 9th, 1834 by the censor Lev Borevski (written in Russian script). Text in Hebrew. Binding with heavy wear along edges, some loss at top near front joint, and spine reinforced with library tape at head and tail. Inked, handwritten dedications on front, description of the title on back endpaper. Bookstore stamp on title page. Block with some creasing of corners at front and rear. Water stains in margins of some 20 pages at front, light, sporadic foxing throughout. Binding in overall poor, interior in good- condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39359

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Title: Sefer Atzamot Yosef

Publisher: Vilna

Publication Date: 1835

Binding: Hardcover

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