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Title: A sketch of the Talmud 2

Author: Isidor Kalisch

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Serie: A sketch of the Talmud (Kalisch) (#2)

A sketch of the Talmud
Subtitle: the world renowned collection of Jewish traditions
Author: Kalisch, Isidor, 1816-1886; Kalisch, Isidor, 1816-1886
Volume: 2
Subject: Talmud; Cabala -- Early works to 1800
Publisher: New York : L.H. Frank
Year: 1877
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English; Hebrew
Call number: 483286
Digitizing sponsor: MSN
Book contributor: Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Source: archive.org

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This metaphysical essay, called "Sepher Tezirah," (book -on creation, or cosmogony,) which I have endeavored to render into English, with explanatory notes, is considered by all modern literati as the first philosophical book that ever was written in the Hebrew language. But the time of its composition and the name of its author have not yet been ascertained, despite of the most elaborate researches of renowned archaeologists. Some maintain that this essay is mentioned in the Talmud treatise Sanhedrin, p. 6Q b. and ibid. 67 b. which passage is according to the commentary of Rashi, to treatise Erubin, p. 63 a., a reliable historical notice. Hence this book was known already in the second or at the beginning of the third century of the Christian Era. The historian. Dr. Graetz, tries to show very ingeniously in his work, entitled "Gnosticism," p. 104 and 110, that it was written in the early centuries of the Christian Church, especially when the ideas and views of the Gnostics were in vogue. This opinion, however, he afterwards revoked. (See Dr. Graetz's "History of the Jews," Vol. V, p. 315 in a note.)

(from the Preface)

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