Friday, October 12, 2007

The Upside Down Bible: Mendelssohn's Bi'ur with its legs sticking up in the air

Commenter Daniel Scheide informs that the famous and controversial ספר נתיבות השלום Pentateuch, otherwise known as the Bi'ur (after its commentary), edited by Moses Mendelssohn (רמבמ"ן , רמ"ד) was digitized by Google (here).

This is great. No edition of this historical Chumash was previously available online, and believe me, I looked.

This edition, the 1846 Vienna printing includes Targum Onqelos and Rashi, which were absent in the original, but printed in many subsequent printings, as well as the Ha-mishtadel commentary by Samuel David Luzzatto and בוצר עוללות by Simon Szántó, and another appendix called הכורם.

Actually, this is only the fifth volume, Deuteronomy, with Haftaros and the five Megillos.

Here's the fun part: it is upside down. Take a look:

It obviously should look like this:

Incidentally, here is a page. Not everyone has seen what the German translation with Hebrew letters looks like:

So it's upside down. It must be a sign.

Perhaps Google will correct it. In the meantime, it's not at all impossible to download it as a PDF and correct it yourself, as I did.

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