Account of Creation by R. Levi ben Avraham
(Heb.) critical annotated edition with introduction and edition of
section of poem Battei ha-Nefesh ve-Lahashim
Jerusalem: World Union of
Jewish Studies, 2004.
Jewish philosophical-allegorical exegesis reached its zenith in Provence
at the end of the 13th century in the multi dimensional treatise Livyat
Hen by R. Levi ben Avraham. Five sections of this encyclopedic work are
devoted to the sciences and two sections with Judaism. In the part
entitled "Work of Creation" (the third part of the first section devoted
to Judaism), R. Levi deals with the creation story in the Torah, the
story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the stories of the
early generations of humanity. In his commentary he incorporates a great
deal of material from rabbinic literature, exegetical literature,
philosophy and the sciences. The edition includes both the shorter and
longer recensions of this part as well as the section "Work of Creation"
from R. Levi's encyclopedic poem, "Battei ha-Nefesh ve-Lahashim".
480 pages, including bibliography and indices