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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Ma'arabi, Nahum

Moroccan Hebrew poet and translator of the thirteenth century ("Ma'arabi," "Maghrabi" = "the western" or "the Moroccan"). His poems are found only in Moroccan collections. Two of them, of a liturgic character, were published by L. Dukes in "Zur Kentniss der Hebräischen Poesie" (pp. 162-163), and they were translated into German by M. Sachs in "Die Religiöse Poesie" (p. 131). Ma'arabi translated from Arabic into Hebrew: (1) Maimonides' "Iggeret Teman," under the title "Petaḥ Tiḳwah," to which he added a preface in verse (Basel, 1631) (2) the commentary to the "Sefer Yeẓirah" by Isaac Israeli or Jacob b. Nissim, prefacing it with a poem (a fragment of it was published by L. Dukes in "Ḳonṭres ha-Massoret," pp. 5-10) (3) Joseph ibn Ẓaddiḳ's "Microcosmos," under the title "Ha-'Olam haḲaṭon" (the translation is anonymous, but see Steinschneider ["Hebr. Uebers." pp. 408-409]) (4) Saadia's commentary on the thirteen hermeneutic rules ("Shelosh 'Esreh Middot") of R. Ishmael.

Bibliography : Steinschneider, Hebr. Uebers. pp. 395, 409,930, 935 idem, Cat. Bodl. Colossians 2021 idem, Hebr. Bibl. 15:13 L. Dukes, Ḳonṭres ha-Massoret , pp. 5-10 idem, Zur Kentniss , pp. 162 et seq. Oẓar Ṭob , 1885, p. 11.G. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ma'arabi, Nahum'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/m/maarabi-nahum.html. 1901.

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