Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar: Molcho, Solomon Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar: Molcho, Solomon

Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar

Molcho, Solomon

Published by Joseph Levenzohn, Warsaw, 1883
Condition: vg Soft cover
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8vo. 54 pp. Rebound in blue softcover. No damage to front and back cover. A collection of sermons about the coming redemption. Stamp, in Russian, of previous owner, whose name was M.A. Binshtok on title page. Handwritten signature of previous owner in Hebrew and Russian along margins of title page not affecting text. On other side of title page a short printed text in Russian noting that the work passed the censors on July 27, 1883. Yellowing of pages due to age. Text in Hebrew. Book in near fine condition. On Shelomo Molkho (source: EJ) Shelomo Molkho was born 1500 into a Marrano family in Lisbon, Portugal and was originally named Diogo Pires. He studied secular studies and was appointed secretary to king's council. It is probable that he studied kabbalah in secret. In 1525 he met David Reuveni, an adventurer who aroused messianic hope, and asked to be circumcised. Reuveni said no and Molkho circumcised himself and changed his name to Shelomo Molkho. Molkho fled Portugal and eventually settled in Salonika, Greece. In Salonika, Molkho gathered disciples and students who encouraged him to publish his sermons which were filled with the expectation of the coming redemption. He published his sermons in work entitled Derashot in Salonika, 1529. Later editions of the work were titled Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar. He then went back to Italy. In 1529 accusations by an informer that he was a marrano who reverted back to Judaism caused him to flee. By this point he was convinced that he was the Messiah and in fullfillment of the Talmud in Tractate Sanhedrin 98a, he dressed as a beggar and sat for 30 days amoung the sick and infirm not eating meat nor drinking wine He was brought to trial by Emperor Charles V in Mantua, Italy where he was burned at the stake in 1532. Molkho had influence on another pseudo-messiah Shabbetai Tsevi (1626-1676). This particular edition of the Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar is based on copy that was printed in Amsterdam in the year 409 [1708/1709]. Bookseller Inventory # 22373

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Title: Sefer Ha-Mefu'ar

Publisher: Joseph Levenzohn, Warsaw

Publication Date: 1883

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:vg

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