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Kabbalistic midrashic work on Genesis, part of Exodus, and a few sentences of Numbers ascribed to R. Eliezer b. Hyrcanus.

i i INTRODUCTION ben Zakkai, the teacher of our Rabbi Eliezer. Did our author deem it dangerous to expose his own identity? Did he not run the risk of being placed under the ban for the daring displayed in writing his book? What name was more honoured, in spite of the excommunica-tion which had made it so prominent, than Rabbi Eliezer the Great, who is quoted in Mishnah and Talmud more frequently than any one of his contemporaries? The book enjoyed considerable popularity in Jewish circles in former days, for there are more than two dozen editions. There is also a Latin version with an elaborate commentary by Vorstius ( 1644), indicating a certain interest in the book even in non- Jewish circles. The first edition was printed in Constantinople in 1514, the second edition appeared in Venice, 1544, the third edition was published in Sabbioneta in 1567. Later editions of value are those of Amsterdam and Prague. The folio edition of Rabbi David Luria ( Vilna, 1837) is the best extant. His critical commentary is a mine of valuable infor-mation which has been constantly laid under contribution in the preparation of the notes in the present volume. The editions of Brode and Einhorn have also been consulted. The text adopted for translation is a valuable unedited MS. belonging to Abraham Epstein of Vienna. This treasure contains not only the entire work as printed in the various editions, but a small section of the last chapter which has never been printed. Werthei-mer’s Bottê Midrashoth, iii. pp. 29– 34, contains a parallel text to the last chapter, but not as complete as our MS. text. The MS. is probably the work of a Spanish scribe of the twelfth or thirteenth century. It was formerly the property of N. Coronel. In very many instances the text preserved in the MS. is superior to that contained in the printed editions. The MS. used by the editor of the editio princeps was fairly accurate, as this text is on the whole correct and consecutive. This edition was used by the editor of the beautiful second edition, in which some of the errors incidental to a first edition have been recti-   C h a p t e r Home  | I n d e x

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HALF-TITLE PAGETITLE PAGECOPYRIGHT PAGEDEDICATION PAGECONTENTSINTRODUCTION§ 1. SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE BOOK AND ITS HISTORY§ 2. PLAN AND CONTENTS OF THE BOOK§ 3. OUR BOOK IN JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN LITERATURE§ 4. P.R.E. AND TALMUD, TARGUM, MIDRASH, ZOHAR, AND LITURGY§ 5. P.R.E. AND THE PSEUDEPIGRAPHA AND APOCRYPHA§ 6. P.R.E. AND PATRISTIC LITERATURE§ 7. DATE AND ORIGIN OF P.R.E.§ 8. POLEMICAL TENDENCY IN P.R.E.§ 9. THEOLOGY OF P.R.E.ABBREVIATIONS EMPLOYED IN NOTESTHE CHAPTERS OF RABBI ELIEZER THE GREAT1NOTEINDEX OF SUBJECTS AND NAMESINDEX OF OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES
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