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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Galina, Moses Ben Elijah

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Greek scholar and translator lived at Candia in the fifteenth century. His best known work is "Toledot Adam" (Constantinople, 1515), a treatise on chiromancy and physiognomy, drawn chiefly from ' Ali ibn ' Abbas' "Kamil al-Ṣ ina' ah" and the pseudo-Aristotelian "Secretum." Galina's work was abridged and published later with a Judæ o-German translation as "Ḥ okmat ha-Yad. The author's name is erroneously given as Elijah ben Moses Galina. Still, Joseph ibn Kaspi, in his "Ṭ irat Kesef," quotes a work entitled "Dibre Ḥ akamim," a treatise on the properties of stones, as by "Elijah ben Moses Galina." Moses Galina translated from Arabic into Hebrew: (1) An astronomical treatise by Omar ibn Mohammed Meṣ uman, "Sefer Mezuḳ ḳ aḳ " (2) an astrological treatise, "Mishpaṭ ha-Mabbaṭ im" (3) "Sefer ha-Goralot," a treatise on geomancy, bearing the author's name as Moses Galiano, identified by Steinschneider with Moses Galina.

Bibliography : Steinschneider, Hebr. Uebers. pp. 253, 578,595, 965 idem, Hebr. Bibl. 19:59-61. D. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Galina, Moses Ben Elijah'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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