23 June 1999
NATHAN BENJAMIN, of Gaza (1643/4-1680). Sefer ha-Beri'ah (Shabbatean kabbalistic work). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Ottoman Empire, 18th century]
Tall narrow 4o[?] (365 x 230 mm). 133 + [3 blank] leaves. Brown ink. Sephardic-Oriental semi-cursive script. (Somewhat soiled and stained, otherwise excellent condition.) Nineteenth-century half moroccco, two paper flyleaves at back and front, rubbed corners.
Includes both parts of the work (fols. 1r-65r, 1r-33r), and a part three (v-34r), which is a different Shabbatean treatise by the author (a hakdamah), also found in MSS Oxford, Opp. Add. quart. 112, and Berlin, Oct. 3077. Altogether, over 12 manuscripts of this work are extant. Cf. M. Benayahu, Sefunot 14 (1971-1978) p. 340. Never printed.
D.L. Pereira (beginning and end).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 111, p. 32; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4773.
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