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Midrash Rabbah, Vilna 1855

מדרש רבה - Only Edition of Commentary

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  • Lot Number 52363
  • Title (English) Midrash Rabbah Part IV
  • Title (Hebrew) מדרש רבה
  • Note Only edition of commentary
  • City Vilna
  • Publisher דפוס יוסף ראובן ראם
  • Publication Date 1855
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2164105
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Physical Description

Only edition of commentary, XXVI, 1176 pp., octavo, 210:125 mm., nice margins, usual age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards.


Detail Description

Midrash Rabbah with the commentary Pirush Maharzuv by R. Zev Wolf b. Israel Issur Einhorn of Grodna, Matnot Kehunah of R. Judah Gedalia, commentary of R. Samuel Strashun, commentary of R. David Luria and others. The midrash is the largest, most popular, most important, and earliest collection of Midrashim on the Pentateuch and five Megillot, hence its name, Rabbah (large), here on the Torah only. Midrash Rabbah, recording the sayings of tannaim and amoraim, primarily from Erez Israel, is not, in fact, a unitary work but rather a collection of independent Midrashim written at different times, with individual styles, assembled together under a single title. The parts comprising the Midrash on the Pentateuch are Genesis Rabbah (Bereshit Rabbah); Exodus Rabbah (Shemot Rabbah); Leviticus Rabbah (Va- Yikra Rabbah); Numbers Rabbah (Bemidbar Rabbah); and Deuteronomy Rabbah (Devarim Rabbah). The combined work was already known as Midrash Rabbah by the beginning of the thirteenth century.

Genesis and Leviticus Rabbah are among the earliest amoraic Midrashim, dating to the fifth century. They are in Mishnaic Hebrew, with Western Aramaic and Greek, possibly contemporaneous with the completion of the Jerusalem Talmud. Deuteronomy Rabbah, too, is a relatively early work. Exodus Rabbah is comprised of two separate works, known as Exodus Rabbah I and II, written respectively no earlier than the tenth and ninth centuries. Numbers Rabbah (Bemidbar Rabbah), also in two parts, Numbers Rabbah I and II, was compiled, respectively, in the eleventh and ninth centuries. These Midrashim differ: Leviticus and Deuteronomy Rabbah are homiletic; Genesis and Exodus Rabbah are exegetical. Numbers Rabbah, with elements of both, is primarily homiletic.


Hebrew Description

 עם... מתנות כהונה השלם, כפי שנדפס בדפוס בנב[ני]שתי [אמשטרדם ת"א-ת"ב] ופפד"א [פרנקפורט דאדרה תנ"ב-תנ"ג]. במלוי החסרון שהשמיטו ממנו דפוסים האחרונים [מפרנקפורט דאדרה תס"ה ואילך], והמה הסגורים בתוך חצאי רבוע... ועם פירוש חדש המכונה פירוש מהרז"ו, מאתי זאב וואלף בא"א מוהר"ר ישראל איסר איינהארן מהוראדנא ... ונוסף עוד באור מהרב ... יחזקאל פייוויל [ב"ר זאב וואלף] ... מ"מ דפה ווילנא, המכונה בשם באור הרי"פ [על ספר בראשית בלבד]. גם ההגהות מהרב ... דוד לוריא ... בשם הגהות הרד"ל, מהרב ... שמואל שטראשון נ"י בשם הגהות הרש"ש, כפי שנדפסו כבר [בווילנא תר"ג-תר"ה]... ועם הוספות והשמטות רבות מכ"י הרבנים הנ"ל (המ"ל [המוציא לאור] יהודה במוה’ יחיאל בעהאק)...

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