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Adderet Eliyahu; A Study In The Titling Of Hebrew Books

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This chapter presents the description of the variety of titles of Hebrew books, and examines the varied books that share the same title. One of those "other titles" referred to in the Ozar ha-Sefarim, among those with 8 to 12 books, is Adderet Eliyahu, with nine entries. Adderet Eliyahu serves the purposes well, the number of books employing that name as the title or subtitle has grown, to date, to about thirty books. The variety of works so entitled covers the gamut of Hebrew literature, encompassing derashot on the Torah, halakhot, both Karaite as well as rabbinic, Talmudic novellae, Kabbalah, reference works, and even a historical narrative. Adderet Eliyahu first appears as the title of a Hebrew book in 1531 with the work of the Karaite, Elijah ben Moses Bashyazi (Bashyatchi, c. 1420-90), printed in Constantinople by Gershom Soncino.

Keywords: Adderet Eliyahu; derashot; halakhot; Kabbalah; Karaite texts; rabbinic literature; Talmudic novellae; titles of Hebrew books; Torah



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