23 June 1999
SEFER HA-PELI'AH (kabbalistic pseudepigraphic work on the Biblical account of Creation). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Central or Eastern Europe], completed on 1 Adar 5409 (= 1649)
4o (185 x 155 mm). 246 leaves (perhaps imperfect, see contents). Largely unfoliated. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. The name of the scribe was erased from the colophon. (Browning, staining, some tears, not affecting the text.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco.
A kabbalistic pseudepigraphic work on the Biblical account of Creation, attributed to the grandson of Nehuniah ben Ha-Kanah, but actually composed in Byzance, probably in the early fifteenth century by the anonymous author of Sefer ha-Kanah. See M. Kushnir-Oron, The Sefer ha-Peli'ah and the Sefer ha-Kanah (Jerusalem 1980). First printed in Korets 1784 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 34). The work exists in dozens of manuscripts, the earliest dating to the mid-fifteenth century. The introduction and the beginning of the work are missing. At the end of the manuscript, following eight blanks, there are a few pages in a different script with some text from the first part of the book.
1. At the beginning of the manuscript an owner's name partly crossed out: [...] called Feibelman ben Aaron.
2. At the end another owner, Simeon ben Jacob, signed his name.
3. Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 67, p. 24; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4734.
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