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ASHKENAZI, Jacob ben Isaac.

Tzena U'rena Bnot Zion.

[Illustrated commentary on the Pentateuch with Prayer-book, for women].

Stock Code
97707
Amsterdam, Herz Levi and Kashman, 1766
£1,500

Includes Sabbath prayers at the beginning of the book.

The work, sometimes called The Women's Bible, is a didactic prose work written in Yiddish circa 1590s, whose structure parallels the weekly Torah portions of the Pentateuch and Haftarot which are read in the weekly synagogue services. The work mixes Biblical passages with teachings from the Oral Torah, such as the Talmud's Aggadot and Midrashim (allegories, legends, tales and commentary and interpretations of the Torah).

The name of the book derives from a verse of the Song of Songs that begins Tz nh ur enh b not Tziyyon ('Go forth and see, O ye daughters of Zion', Song 3 11). The nature of the source of the name indicates that the book was intended for women, who at the time would have been less versed in the Hebrew language and less educated than men.

The author, Rabbi Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi (1550-1624) was born

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Description

8vo (19 x 11.5 cm); [2], 510 ll.; woodcut illustrations in the text; text in Hebrew and Yiddish in Tzena U'rena font; contemporary-style 20th-century calf boards, morocco label and gilt decoration to spine.

Bibliography

Vinograd, Amsterdam 1905.

Stock ID:97707

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