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Abraham ibn Daud

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Author(s): Targarona, Judit
[Abraham ben David ha-Levi ibn Daʿud; RaBaD I] ca 1110 - ca 1180. Castile (Iberia). Sephardic Jew, physician, Arabic philosopher, Hebrew commentator of the Talmud, halakhist, and Hebrew chronicler. Abraham ibn Daʿud was born in Cordoba to an important Jewish family, and died a martyr in Toledo. He wrote three important works of history.He wrote the Sefer ha-Qabbalah (Book of Tradition) in 1169 to prove that all the teachings of the sages passed through ten generations of prophets—one after another—to the Great Assembly; through the Great Assembly to the tannaim; through five generat…
Date: 2016-10-17

Saadiah ibn Danan

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Author(s): Targarona, Judit
[Saʿadya bar Maimon bar Moses bar Maimon Ibn Danan] ca 1436-1493. Granada (Iberia), then North Africa. Sephardic Jew, teacher and scholar, Hebrew commentator, exegete and halakhist, Hebrew and Arabic grammarian and lexicographer, the "last Hebrew Poet of Sepharad" who wrote also on Hebrew prosody. Saʿadya lived in Granada until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, after which he settled in Oran (Algeria). Saʿadya lived in an Arabic society and wrote many of his works in Arabic. In 1485, he finished his Seder ha-Dorot (The Succession of the Generations) with an Arabic ru…
Date: 2016-10-17