The Book of Delight and Other...

The book contains eight chapters of an absorbing text, including The Book of Delight, A Visit to Hebron, Medieval Mayfaring, and Marriages Are Made in Heaven.

“ the book of delight” 11 much indignant warmth of the dwellers in certain cities, of their manner of life, their morals, and their culture, that one can only infer that he is relating his personal experiences. Zabara, like the hero of his romance, travelled much during the latter portion of the twelfth century, as is known from the researches of Geiger. He was born in Barcelona, and returned there to die. In the inter-val, we find him an apt pupil of Joseph Kimchi, in Narbonne. Joseph Kimchi, the founder of the fa-mous Kimchi family, carried the culture of Spain to Provence; and Joseph Zabara may have ac-quired from Kimchi his mastery over Hebrew, which he writes with purity and simplicity. The difficulties presented in some passages of the “ Book of Delight” are entirely due to the corrupt state of the text. Joseph Kimchi, who flourished in Provence from 1150 to 1170, quotes Joseph Zabara twice, with approval, in explaining verses in Prov-erbs. It would thus seem that Zabara, even in his student days, was devoted to the proverblore on which he draws so lavishly in his maturer work. Dr. Steinschneider, to whom belongs the cred-it of rediscovering Zabara in modern times, infers that the poet was a physician. There is more than probability in the case; there is certainty. The ro-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyrightPrefaceCONTENTSI. The Book of DelightIn Dispraise of WomanThe Journey Begun by Joseph and EnanThe Night's RestTable TalkThe City of EnanQuestion And AnswerJoseph Returns Home to BarcelonaII. A Visit to HebronIII. The Solace of BooksIV. Medieval WayfaringV. The Fox's HeartVI. Marriages Are Made in HeavenVII. Hebrew Love SongsVIII. A Handful of Curiositiesi. George Eliot and Solomon Maimonii. How Milton Pronounced Hebrewiii. The Cambridge Platonistsiv. The Anglo-Jewish Yiddish Literary Societyv. The Mystics and Saints of Indiavi. Lost Purim Joysvii. Jews and Lettersviii. The Shape of MatzothNotesIndex
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