I saw the abbreviation תושׁלכ"ע in the introduction to a textbook (Classical Mechanics, by Herbert Goldstein). What does it stand for?

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    This question could be made more answerable by including the immediate context in which this abbreviation was used. Was it on its own? Was it part of a sentence or paragraph? Also, do you have reason to assume that this is a Judaism-related abbreviation?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 19:55
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    You can see it in the snippet here: books.google.com/…
    – Heshy
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 20:02

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Perhaps you saw תושלב״ע, rather than תושלכ״ע. As per this handy book of abbreviations, תושלב״ע stands for תם ונשלם, שבח לא-ל בורא עולם, “Whole and complete, praise to G-d, the Creator of the world.”

(The linked book does not include this abbreviation with a כ.)

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    Based on the partial view linked in Heshy's comment, it looks like the letter in question could indeed be either a ב or a כ.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 20:05
  • On closer examination, this is exactly right. Thank you! In the 3rd edition, the printing is much clearer, and the letter is obviously a ב The preface to the second edition includes a complete quote of the pasuk from Daniel (2:23): sefaria.org/Daniel.2.23?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en The preface to the 3rd edition includes a complete quotation of Tehillim 19:1, but in Greek
    – Jeremy
    Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 17:08

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