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PARSHANDATHA:

The first-born son of Haman (Esth. ix. 7). In the twelfth century the name obtained a literary meaning. It was then separated into the words "parshan" (= "interpreter") and "data" (= "law"), and was used with reference to Rashi, who has since been quoted under that name.

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, s.v.;
  • Geiger, Parschandatha, Leipsic, 1856;
  • Grätz, Gesch. 3d ed., vi. 67, note 4;
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, p. 500, No. 1231.
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