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Fixing God's TorahThe Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law$
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B. Barry Levy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195141139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019514113X.001.0001

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The Literary Background of Ibn Zimra's Responsa: Rabbi Solomon Ben Adret and the Medieval Sefardi Halakhic Literature

The Literary Background of Ibn Zimra's Responsa: Rabbi Solomon Ben Adret and the Medieval Sefardi Halakhic Literature

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(p.102) 6 The Literary Background of Ibn Zimra's Responsa: Rabbi Solomon Ben Adret and the Medieval Sefardi Halakhic Literature
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Fixing God's Torah
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B. Barry Levy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019514113X.003.0006

This chapter builds on the previous four, which analysed the closely related group of four responsa (responses to questions) about the accuracy of the Torah text and closely related matters, by Rabbi David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra (popularly known in English as Ibn Zimra, and in Hebrew as HaRaDBaZ). Ibn Zimra's approach was primarily halakhic, not masoretic, and to appreciate it an examination needs to be made of passages from both the halakhic and masoretic literature (the Masorah is the collective textual notes and other additions to the text of the Torah itself), especially the writings of Solomon ben Abraham Ben Adret, a prolific author and unchallenged rabbinic leader of Spanish Jewry until his death in 1310. Ibn Zimra cited Ben Adret several times, and the analysis presented begins with an anonymous question posed to Ben Adret on matters of spelling in the Torah, and goes on to give his response. Ibn Zimra's use of it is considered in the next chapter.

Keywords:   accuracy, ancient texts, David Ibn Zimra, halakhic evidence, Hebrew Bible, Masorah, masoretic evidence, responsa, Solomon ben Adret, spelling, Torah

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