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” 19 book of the Apocrypha was not widely current in his day. The story, as Zabara tells it, differs con-siderably from the Apocryphal version of it. The incidents are misplaced, the story of the betroth-al is disconnected from that of the recovery of the money by Tobit, and the detail of the gallows occurs in no other known text of the story. In one point, Zabara’s version strikingly agrees with the Hebrew and Chaldee texts of Tobit as against the Greek; Tobit’s son is not accompanied by a dog on his journey to recover his father’s long- lost treasure. One of the tales told by Zabara seems to im-ply a phenomenon of the existence of which there is no other evidence. There seems to have been in Spain a small class of Jews that were secret converts to Christianity. They passed openly for Jews, but were in truth Christians. The motive for the concealment is unexplained, and the whole passage may be merely satirical. It remains for me to describe the texts now extant of the “ Book of Delight.” In 1865 the “ Book of Delight” appeared, from a fifteenth century manuscript in Paris, in the second volume of a Hebrew periodical called the Lebanon. In the fol-lowing year the late Senior Sachs wrote an intro-   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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