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Sha'arei Orah, R. Joseph b. Abraham Gikatilla, Offenbach 1715

שערי אורה - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 52911
  • Title (English) Sha'arei Orah
  • Title (Hebrew) שערי אורה
  • Note Kabbalah
  • Author R. Joseph b. Abraham Gikatilla
  • City Offenbach
  • Publisher דפוס זעליגמן רייז
  • Publication Date 1715
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2271346
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Physical Description

 [4], 112 ff., quarto, 195:166 mm., usual age staining, wide margins, old hands of previous owners. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed


Detail Description

Sha'arei Orah, R. Gikatilla's most influential kabbalistic work, written before 1293, is a detailed explanation of kabbalistic symbolism and the designations of the ten Sefirot. He adopted a system intermediate between that of the Geronese school of kabbalists and the Zohar. This is one of the first writings to disclose knowledge of portions of the Zohar, although it departs from its approach in several fundamental respects.

R. Joseph b. Abraham Gikatilla (Chiquatilla, 1248–c. 1325), Spanish kabbalist whose works exerted a profound and permanent influence on kabbalism. Gikatilla, who was born in Medinaceli, Castile, lived for many years in Segovia. Between 1272 and 1274 he studied under Abraham Abulafia, who praises him as his most successful pupil. Gikatilla, who was at first greatly influenced by Abulafia's ecstatic, prophetic system of kabbalism, soon showed a greater affinity for philosophy.

R. Gikatilla made an original attempt to provide a detailed yet lucid and systematic exposition of kabbalism. He was also the originator of the doctrine equating the infinite, Ein Sof, with the first of the ten Sefirot. The conception was rejected by the majority of kabbalists from the 16th century onward, but his works continued to be highly esteemed and were published in many editions.


Hebrew Description:

... ר' מתתיה דלאקרט ז"ל ... הוציא לאות[!] תעלומתו ע"י ביאור ... הובא לתוך הדפוס פעם שנית בהוספת ביאור ...לסדר ולפרט וע'ת'ה' אל תיראו כי אנוכי אכלכל אתכם

דף [2, ב]: הקדמה מאת ר' בנימן ב"ר אלי' סג"ל, האומר שהכניס בספר הגהות וציונים משל אביו (מוקפות סוגריים).
בהוצאות הקודמות נקרא הספר בשם "שערי אורה".

הסכמות: אברהם ברודא (חתום: ר' מאיר ב"ר אליעזר שיף כ"ץ, נאמן דמתא), ורנקפורט דמיין, ז טבת תע"ה;
ר' שמואל כהן שאטין אב"ד ור"מ במדינת דרמשטאט ויושב באהל ב"ה [בית המדרש] שבק"ק ורנקפורט דמיין, ז טבת תע"ה.



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000117120; EJ