Ohr Amim. [“Light of the Nations” - philosophy]

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Lot 190

Ohr Amim. [“Light of the Nations” - philosophy]

<<FIRST EDITION>>. Initial word within decorative frame. ff. 64. Upper corner of title neatly repaired, previous owner’s marks on f. 2 and f.5, dampwrinkled and lightly dampstained. Modern chestnut calf, elaborately blind-tooled. Sm. 4to.


Est: $3,000 - $4,000
Obadiah Sforno of Bologna (known in Latin as Salvadeus, ca. 1470-ca. 1550) was a physician by profession. Primarily known for his commentaries to the Torah and other parts of the Bible, Sforno wrote the present volume to refute the views of Aristotle which he held to be in contradiction with many of the fundamental principles of Judaism. Sforno sets out here Aristotle`s own principles which he then refutes. He also quotes abundantly from the Arab philosophers Ibn Rushd (Averroes) and al-Ghazali. A Latin translation of the work appeared under the title Lumen Gentium (Bologna, 1548). See R. Bonfil, Eshel, Be’er Sheva, Vol. I, pp. 208-211; EJ, Vol. XIV, cols. 1209-10.