Auction 106: Rare Hebrew Books
By Kestenbaum & Company
Jun 27, 2024
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States
The Marx Library (Part II).
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LOT 41:


Derech Emunah ...

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Derech Emunah [philosophy].


A wide-margined copy. With rare title-page. Marginalia in an early hand.

ff. (102). Light wear, title remargined and with small blank area excised, previous owner’s inscriptions. Modern blind-tooled calf. Folio.

Vinograd, Const. 127.

Constantinople, n.p, 1521.

Derech Emunah is a presentation of Judaism by which Man’s goal in life is to seek to obtain the deepest appreciation and understanding of God, and thus ultimately, eternal happiness.

Many Biblical and rabbinic passages are brought, yet the author also takes note of Christian and Islamic theology. He quotes Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras, also Euclid and Ptolemeus, Galen and Themistius, as well as Arabic thinkers: Averroes, Avicenna, Alfarabi and Gazzali and even the fable-book “Kalila we-Dimna.”

Of Jewish writers the author quotes not only rationalists such as Maimonides and Nachmanides, but also Kabbalist writings: The Bahir, Zohar, Sepher Yetzirah and the Hekhalot.

R. Abraham Bibago was born in the Spanish province of Aragon and resided in Huesca and Saragossa. He likely died just prior to the Expulsion of Jews from Spain. According to R. Isaac Arama, Bibago was “one of the most important scholars and philosophers of our people” (Akeidath Yitzchak, gate 80).

See A. Lazaroff, The Theology of Abraham Bibagio: A Defence of the Divine Will, Knowledge and Providence in Fifteenth Century Spanish-Jewish Philosophy (1981).

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