23 June 1999
HAYON, Nehemiah Hiyya (c. 1655-c. 1730). Sefer Sha'ar ha-Gadol. AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
8o (158 x 96 mm).  + 35 +  leaves. Brown ink. Sephardic semi-cursive script. (Stained, last leaf damaged and partly restored, generally good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled red morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. rv: blank; r: title-page; v: blank; 1r-35r: text (fols. 23r-24v blank); 35v: blank; r: homily on pericope va-Yiggash; v: blank.
Hayon was a kabbalist with Shabbatean tendencies. According to the preface this work is an abridgement of Hayyim Vital's Ets Chayyim and includes a transcript of a debate with a scholar held in Amsterdam in 1714. At the end of the manuscript is bound a page from a homily on pericope va-Yiggash in Ashkenazic script. Never published. The beginning of the treatise (fols. 1r-middle of fol. 3r) is also found at the beginning of another collection of writings by Hayon in MS Oxford, Opp. Add. oct. 8 (Cat. Neubauer 1900). Both manuscripts are written in very similar scripts and, according to Gershom Scholem in EJ 7, col. 1502, the Oxford manuscript is an autograph.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 87, p. 28; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4753.
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