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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Abraham ben Shabbethai Cohen of Zante

Physician and poet; born in Crete in 1670; died in 1729. He must have removed at an early period to Zante. He studied under Hezekiah Manoah Provençal, a physician of Verona. He was the author of a poetical paraphrase of the Psalms, which he published, together with other poems of his own, under the title "Kehunat Abraham" (Abraham's Priesthood), Venice, 1719. A specimen of this work, now quite rare, was reprinted in the periodical "Ha-Meassef," 3:1, and in "Bikkure ha-'Ittim," 5:83. While he shows a good command of the Hebrew language, his poetry is not of a high order.

Bibliography:
  • Delitzsch, Zur Geschichte der Jüdischen Poesie, p. 74;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 706;
  • Michael, Or ha-Ḥayyim, No. 230.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Abraham ben Shabbethai Cohen of Zante'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/a/abraham-ben-shabbethai-cohen-of-zante.html. 1901.

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