Bomberg published the edition because of growing interest in the Hebrew language and the Bible among learned Christians. An adept businessman, Bomberg quickly perceived that there was also a substantial market for Hebrew texts among the Jews of Italy, whose numbers had been increased by an influx of Spanish and Portuguese Jews exiled from the Iberian Peninsula.The commentaries of Rashi, Nahmanides, and Gersonides attracted the Jewish clientele, but the editorship of an apostate and the blessing of the Pope led many Jews to avoid the 1516-17 edition. Six years later, in 1524, Bomberg's second Rabbinic Bible appeared. No effort was spared to produce the finest Bible possible. It was printed in four volumes, each with its own title-page. The initial word of each book is set within a large decorative woodcut frame surrounded by a square made up of lines, varying in number, comprising the maso retic rubrics. At the end of each book is the masoretic summary. Each page is arranged in four columns, with the inner columns comprising the biblical text and the Aramaic translation, Targum Onkelos. The outer columns contain the commentaries of Rashi and ibn Ezra.
Above and below the inner columns is the Masorah Magna and in the space between these two columns is the Masorah Parva. In the narrow outer column are portions of the Masorah Parva that did not fit between the text and Targum.This time Bomberg emphasized that his printers were pious Jews, as was his scholarly editor, Jacob ben Haim ibn Adonijah. The second Rabbinic Bible became the determinative biblical text, first for Jews and subsequently for the scholarly world as well. All future editions reflect this outstanding edition.
Bomberg's press was active until 1549 and in all, more than two hundred Hebrew books were produced in his shop. Printing is clear and bright.
On the back of the book is a remnant of a very ancient Latino manuscript from the 12th century. Good general condition, given that the book is 500 years old. The item "1524 Very antique judaica book Jeremiah and Ezekiel venezia Bomberg Rare! Hebrew" is in sale since Tuesday, May 10, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Judaism\Books".
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