Sepher HaShorashim [“Book of Roots”: a Biblical lexicon and grammar].

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Lot 209

Sepher HaShorashim [“Book of Roots”: a Biblical lexicon and grammar].

Third edition. Wide margins. ff. 124 (of 168). Provided in facsimile: Opening 33 leaves and closing 13 leaves. Some staining, few marginal repairs. Modern morocco. Folio.


Est: $10,000 - $12,000
<<THE MOST INFLUENTIAL LEXICOGRAPHICAL WORK FOR THE STUDY OF HEBREW.>> The formation of Hebrew grammatical rules was essential to facilitate the study and understanding of the Bible. Kimchi’s Shorashim with its “very rich collection of lexicographic material…increased the knowledge of the Hebrew language. This he accomplished with numerous new etymologies as well as new comparisons with post-Biblical Hebrew” (J. Bloch, Hebrew Printing in Naples, in: Hebrew Printing and Bibliography (1976) pp. 111-38). The popularity of the Sepher HaShorashim is evidenced from the fact that two editions appeared in Naples within a period of five months. The present 1491 edition was not censored unlike that of 1490, where blank spaces were left rather than include Kimchi’s comments that seek to disprove the Christian mistranslation of Isaiah 7:14 and its related Christological reference. See G. Cohen, Hebrew Incunabula in the Library of Yeshiva University (1984) p. 87.