143 of  leaves (7 3/8 x 5½ in.; 187 x 140 mm) lacking only the first three. First 8 ff. waterstained wormed and mended in bottom and fore-margin affecting a few words, other marginal mends, some dampstains heavier toward the end; text block detached from boards. Old blue cloth, paper title label on spine.
Vinograd, Const. 67; Yaari, Const. 36; Hacker 36; Mehlman 735
This concise halakhic compendium by Isaac ben Joseph of Corbeil (d. 1280) is an abridgement of Moses ben Jacob of Coucy's Sefer Mitzvot Gadol (Semag). In order to distinguish it from that work, Amudei Golah is frequently referred to as Sefer Mitzvot Katan (Semak). The occasional annotations of Perez ben Elijah of Corbeil (d. c. 1295), a student of Isaac of Corbeil, are set off in indented text columns. The title Amudei Golah (Columns of Redemption) alludes to the organizational structure of the book which is divided into seven sections, called amudim (columns), corresponding with the seven days of the week. In order to enhance the work's appeal, the author included numerous aggadic passages, moral maxims and ethical teachings. The work thus gained broad popularity (especially in Germany) and was accepted as an authoritative halakhic source, frequently cited by later authorities.
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