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DAVID/A DECADE OF RESEARCH ON MEDIEVAL HEBREW LITERATURE
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Shemaya, Jerusalem, American Academy For Jewish Research,
1977).
A critical edition of the poems of Elya bar-Shemaya who lived
in Baria, Southern Italy, during the 11th century. It contains a
total of thirty-eight poems belonging to the genre of
selihot
(peni­
tential poems).
I.
Levine,
Shirei ha-kodesh shel Avraham Ibn Ezra
(Religious
poems of Abraham Ibn Ezra, Jerusalem, Israel Academy of Sci­
ences and Humanities, vol. 1, 1975; vol. 2, 1980).
This is the first edition of the collected religious poetry of the
talented Spanish poet. Vol. 1 contains 262 poems, and vol. 2 has
247 poems. Both volumes together present the poet in an entirely
new light and call for a re-evaluation of his output. The editor
previously published a Hebrew monograph on th poet entitled
Abraham Ibn Ezra, his life and poetry,
Tel-Aviv, 1969. It remains for
the scholars who wish to continue Levine’s work to issue a critical
edition of the poet’s secular poems.
J. Yahalom,
Piyyutei Shimon bar Megas.
(The piyyutim of Simon
bar Megas, Jerusalem, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humani­
ties, 1984).
The poet Simon bar Megas lived in Byzantine Palestine in the
sixth or seventh century. He is the author of a cycle of over a hun­
dred and fifty Qedushot based on the triennial cycle, then cur­
rent in Palestine. His writings constitute one of our few resources
for information on Palestinian Jewry, its practices and customs,
during the crucial period of transition from the Byzantine to the
Arabic period.
Simon bar Megas’s 218 poems manifest a special ingenuity in
vocabulary and an inventiveness in the use of neologisms, poetic
forms and structures. They contribute also to our knowledge of
Palestinian Hebrew, which according to the editor was still spo­
ken in Simon bar Megas’s time, at least in the small villages.
Y. David,
Shirei Yosef Ibn Zaddik
(The poems of Joseph Ibn
Zaddik, New York, American Academy for Jewish Research,
1982).
Joseph Ibn Zaddik (1075-1149) was well known as a most im­
portant Hebrew poet in Cordoba, Spain, at the beginning of the
12th century. This critical edition of his extant poetry, in which
thirty-six poems are collected for the first time, includes liturgical
poems, eulogy poems, love songs and four lamentations. Ibn
Zaddik’s great talent and his artistic mode of expression as re­