Midrash HaGadol. Sefer Bamidbar. Yemen, 1643
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Midrash HaGadol on Sefer Bamidbar by Rabbi David ben Amram HaAdeni. Yemen, 1643.
Complete volume consisting of the words of Midrash HaGadol on Sefer Bamidbar. Ancient glosses in the leaf margins. Vowelized hymn at the beginning of each weekly portion.
Copyist's colophon at the end: " Chaim Ben Avraham Alachmar ... completed on Sunday the 21st of the month of Iyar, 1643. Copied from a proofread book as much as possible."
Midrash HaGadol is an ancient composition on the Torah authored by Rabbi David ben Amram HaAdeni - from the city Aden, in Yemen. He lived in the early 14th century. His work is based on many sources in Chaza"l and the geonim, including works that were later lost or survived only partially, such as the Mechilta, the Safra [Torat Kohanim] and other early midrashim. Several midrashim that appear in it are unknown from any other source. There is a hymn at the beginning of each weekly portion. Midrash HaGadol was well-known and widespread among the Jews of Yemen, many Yemenite sages were occupied with it and even wrote several commentaries on it.
 leaves. 30.5 cm. Fine condition. Tears in the first and last leaves. Stains. Old binding.