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    Issac ben Judah Levi. [Hebrew Text:] Paneiach Raza. [Commentary on the Torah in the style of numerical values of letters and initials.] Amsterdam: Caspar Steen, 1698. Krown & Spellman: $750. 8vo. ¹2,[1]-[16]4,[17]2. [2],66 ff=136pp. Old vellum and marbled paper over wood, some paper stripped from boards; marginal repair with old paper to I1 and joining leaf, obscuring some text; short tear in first two leaves, some corners bent, good paper. T.p. in decorative border. Old signature on t.p. "Zanvil son of Rabbi Y. Hanover, 5549." There is also the seal of the Altona Kloiz in Homburg. Joseph Hanover was an eminent Torah sage. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: The Raza Rabba was a work of Merkabah mysticism of antiquity, while it no longer exists as a separate entity portions of it are found in 13th century manuscripts and it influenced the Seper ha-Bahir. In the 13th century in Provence the first centers of Kabbalistic study were founded and they were influenced by these works in their formulations of kabbalistic theories. This work by a thirteenth century Kabbalist shows its numerological thought. Approbations from the Rabbis of Amsterdam including Yakov Sasportas, one of the leading opponents of Sabbetaianism. Vinograd,Amsterdam,666. Steinschneider 5362:2. Cowley 268. Zedner 369.

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