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” 12 mance is built by a doctor; there is more talk of medicine in it than of any other topic of discus-sion. Moreover, the author, who denies that he is much of a Talmudist, accepts the compliment paid to him by his visitor, Enan, that he is “ skilled and well- informed in the science of medicine.” There is, too, a professional tone about many of the quips and gibes in which Zabara indulges concern-ing doctors. Here, for instance, is an early form of a witticism that has been attributed to many re-cent humorists. “ A philosopher,” says Zabara, “ was sick unto death, and his doctor gave him up; yet the patient recovered. The convalescent was walk-ing in the street when the doctor met him. ‘ You come,’ said he, ‘ from the other world.’ ’ Yes,’ re-joined the patient, ‘ I come from there, and I saw there the awful retribution that falls on doctors; for they kill their patients. Yet, do not feel alarmed. You will not suffer. I told them on my oath that you are no doctor.’” Again, in one of the poetical interludes ( found only in the Constantinople edition) occurs this very professional sneer, “ A doctor and the Angel of Death both kill, but the former charges a fee.” Who but a doctor would enter into a scathing denunciation of the current system of diagnosis, as   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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