Commentarius luculentus et curiosus in prophetas priores H.E. Josuam, Judices, L. Utrumque Samuel. & Regum. Accesserunt indices Latini locupletissimi (Perush al Nevi im Rishonim / Former Prophets: Books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings)
by Don Isaaci Abarbenelis (Isaac Abravanel) ; August Pfeiffer (Latin Introduction by)
Lipsiae (Leipzig): Apud Mauritium Georgium Weidmannum, 1686. First edition. Hardcover. f to vg. Folio (13 1/2 x 8"). pp (Titles, Dedication and Preface), pp, 308 leaves, pp (Index). Modern red and black cloth. Engraved title in Hebrew. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials. This commentary on the early prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings) was written by Isaac ben Judah Abravanel (1437-1508), a Portuguese Jewish statesman, philosopher, Bible commentator, and financier whose many works published during his lifetime can be categorized into three groups: exegesis, philosophy, and apologetics. His philosophy dealt with the sciences and how the general field was linked to the Jewish religion and traditions, while his apologetic work defends the Jewish idea of the coming of the Messiah. Abravanel's exegetic writings were different from the usual biblical commentaries as he took social and political issues of the times into consideration. Indeed, he believed that mere commentary was not enough, but that the actual lives of the Jewish people must be deliberated on as well when discussing such an important topic as the Bible. He also took the time to include an introduction concerning the character of each book he commented on, as well as its date of composition, and the intention of the original author, in order to make the works more accessible to the average reader. All of this can be seen in our copy of "Commentarius luculentus et curiosus in prophetas priores H.E. Josuam, Judices, L. Utrumque Samuel. & Regum." Telling the story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later, Abravanel's commentary on the early prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings) is much more comprehensive than those of his predecessors. In them he deals with the content of the books, the division of the material, their authors and the time of their compilation, and also drew comparisons between the method and style of the various prophets.Modern binding partly soiled, rippled, and crudely rebacked. Front free endpaper partly disbound and chipped along fore-edge, with previous owner's inscription in ink, dated Nov. 27, 1924. Previous owner's Ex-Libris on inside of front free endpaper (Wm. R. Blumenthal). Previous owner's inscription in pencil at upper margin of Latin title page ("I purchased this at Frankfurt-am-Main, in July 1861. J. B. Pearson"). Moderate age-toning to very first and very last leaves. Text in Latin (Dedication page and Preface) and Hebrew. Binding in overall poor to fair, interior in very good condition.
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