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Hasefram Hakhitzonim: Ktuvim Akhronim : tosafot lesifrey: Hartom, A.S., translated

Hartom, A.S., translated and interpreted by

Published by Yavneh Publishing House Ltd., 82 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel (1962)

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About this Item: Yavneh Publishing House Ltd., 82 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. In vowelized Hebrew. This is one volume of many. 219 pages. 235 x 170 mm. This copy survived the 1966 fire at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the endapers, and only the endpapers, are soiled with ash. Additionally, the boards, and to a lesser degree the leaves, have buckled from the water firefighters used to put out the flames. With these caveats, the book block and all its pages are really in good condition. Jewish apocrypha includes texts written in the Jewish religious tradition either in the Intertestamental period or in the early Christian era, but outside the Christian tradition. It does not include books in the canonical Hebrew Bible, nor those accepted into the canon of some or all Christian faiths. Although Judaism historically insisted on the exclusive canonization of the 24 books in the Tanakh, it also claimed to have an oral law handed down from Moses. Certain circles in Judaism, such as the Essenes in Judea and the Therapeutae in Egypt, were said to have a "secret" literature. The Pharisees were also familiar with these texts. A large part of this "secret" literature was the apocalypses. Based on unfulfilled prophecies, these books were not considered scripture, but rather part of a literary form that flourished from 200 BCE to 100 CE. These works usually bore the names of ancient Hebrew worthies to establish their validity among the true writers' contemporaries. To reconcile the late appearance of the texts with their claims to great antiquity, alleged authors are represented as "shutting up and sealing" (Dan. xii. 4, 9) the works until the time of their fulfillment had arrived; as the texts were not meant for their own generations but for far-distant ages (also cited in Assumption of Moses i. 16-17). This literature was treasured by many Jewish enthusiasts, in some cases more so than the canonical scriptures. The book of 4 Ezra reinforces this theory: when Ezra was inspired to dictate the sacred scriptures that were destroyed in the overthrow of Jerusalem, "in forty days they wrote ninety-four books: and it came to pass when the forty days were fulfilled that the Highest spake, saying: the first that thou hast written publish openly that the worthy and unworthy may read it; but keep the seventy last that thou mayst deliver them only to such as be wise among the people; for in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom and the stream of knowledge." (4 Ezra xiv. 44 sqq.) Such esoteric books are apocryphal, in the original conception of the term. In due course, the Jewish authorities drew up a canon. They marked other books off from those that claimed to be such without justification. Scholars Theodor Zahn, Emil Schürer, among others, stated that these secret books formed a class by themselves and were called "Genuzim". But the Hebrew verb does not mean "to hide" but "to store away", and is only used of things that are in themselves precious. Moreover, the phrase is unknown in Talmudic literature. The derivation of this idea from Judaism has therefore not yet been established. Writings that were wholly apart from scriptural texts, such as the books of heretics or Samaritans, were designated as "khitsonim" (literally: external) by The Mishnah Sanh. x. and reading them was forbidden. After the 3rd century CE, Sirach and other apocryphal books were included in this category; until then, Sirach was largely quoted by rabbis in Palestine, indicating some change in this classification throughout the centuries. In the following centuries, these apocrypha fell out of use in Judaism. Although they are Jewish literature, the apocrypha were actively preserved through the Middle Ages exclusively by Christians. Seller Inventory # 010892

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About this Item: Tel Aviv, 1964-1965, Or. cloth with dustjackets, In good condition. Hebrew. Vol. of Tehillim without dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 48797

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HARTOM, E.S. & H.M.D. CASSUTO (eds.)

Published by Jerusalem (1943)

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About this Item: Jerusalem, 1943. Or. hcloth. XV, 167 pp. Seller Inventory # 15712

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