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” 18 are explained. This theory is not entirely upset by the presence even of the “ additional stories, for these, too, are translations, and Zabara cannot be held responsible for their contents. The selection of good anecdotes was restricted in his day with-in very narrow limits. Yet Zabara’s reading must have been extensive. He knew something of astronomy, philosophy, the science of physiognomy, music, mathematics, and physics, and a good deal of medicine. He was fa-miliar with Arabian collections’ of proverbs and tales, for he informs his readers several times that he is drawing on Arabic sources. He knew the “ Choice of Pearls,” the Midrashic “ Stories of King Solomon,” the “ Maxims of the Philosophers,” the “ Proverbs of the Wise”; but not “ Sendabar” in its Hebrew form. His acquaintance with the language of the Bible was thorough; but he makes one or two blunders in quoting the substance of Scriptural passages. Though he disclaimed the title of a Tal-mudic scholar, he was not ignorant of the Rabbin-ic literature. Everyone quotes it: the fox, the wom-an, Enan, and the author. He was sufficiently at home in this literature to pun therein, He also knew the story of Tobit, but, as he introduces it as “ a most marvellous tale,” it is clear that this   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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