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Perush 'al Neviim Aharonim
Amsterdam 1641 - 4to. 305 leaves. Contemporary vellum boards. Title page with image of an archway. Commentary of R. Isaac Abarbanel on the later prophets. Includes Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve Prophets. This volume was first printed in Pesaro in 1520 by the famous Soncino printing house. This volume does not list the name of the publisher nor the city it was published in. Pages are formatted with the biblical text in the center with vowel and cantilation markings. Abarbanel's commentary is in small print along the sides. This traditional means of printing commentary is ironic in the case of Abarbanel as he wrote in an essayist fashion and not a glossary of the text like most Jewish commentators. Index in the back. The date on the title page makes use of the messianic verse at the end of Malachi, which declares the coming of Elijah the prophet. This is in keeping with the strongly messianic elements in Abarbanel's thought. Text in Hebrew. Writing in Hebrew and Latin on the front free endpaper and title page. Includes signature of the German Christian Hebraist and biblical exegete Herman Lulman. There is also, in the same hand, a paragraph long biography of Abarbanel and bibliography in Latin. Boards stained, rippled and bowed. Pages slightly chipped and creased. Foxing along the edges. Overall in good condition. Isaac Abarbanel was a Jewish statesman, philosopher, Bible commentator, and financier. He was born in Lisbon and died in Venice. He developed many works during his lifetime which are often categorized into three groups: exegesis, philosophy, and apologetics. Exegesis refers to biblical commentary, his philosophy dealt with the sciences and how the general field relates to the Jewish religion and traditions, and apologetics defends the Jewish idea of the coming of the Messiah. Abarbanel's exegetic writings were different from the usual biblical commentaries because he took social and political issues of the times into consideration. He believed that mere commentary was not enough, but that the actual lives of the Jewish people must be deliberated on as well when discussing such an important topic as the Bible. He also took the time to include an introduction concerning the character of each book he commented on, as well as its date of composition, and the intention of the original author, in order to make the works more accessible to the average reader. Christian scholars appreciated the convenience of Abarbanel's commentaries, and often used them when preparing their own exegetical writing. This may have had something to do with Abravanel's openness towards the Christian religion, since he worked closely with Messianic ideas found within Judaism. Because of this, Abarbanel's works were translated and distributed within the world of Christian scholarship.Ozar Hasefer p164, item #65.Bet Eked 829-30. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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