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” 13 Zabara does in a sarcastic passage, which Erter may have imitated unconsciously? And if further proof be needed that Zabara was a man of sci-ence, the evidence is forthcoming; for Zabara ap-peals several times to experiment in proof of his assertions. And to make assurance doubly sure, the author informs his readers in so many words of his extensive medical practice in his native place. If Zabara be the author of the other, shorter poems that accompany the “ Book of Delight” in the Constantinople edition, though they are not incorporated into the main work, we have a fur-ther indication that Zabara was a medical man. There is a satirical introduction against the doc-tors that slay a man before his time. The author, with mock timidity, explains that he withholds his name, lest the medical profession turn its attention to him with fatal results. “ Never send for a doc-tor,” says the satirist, “ for one cannot expect a miracle to happen.” It is important, for our under-standing of another feature in Zabara’s work, to observe that his invective, directed against the practitioners rather than the science of medicine, is not more curious as coming from a medical man, than are the attacks on women perpetrated by some Jewish poets ( Zabara among them), who   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 Delight”In 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 Heaven”VII. 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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