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ROMI, JOSEPH:

Name by which Joseph b. Judah Ḥamiẓ, a pupil of Leon of Modena, is erroneously known. He was the author of "Belil Ḥamiẓ" (see Isa. xxx. 24), for which Modena claims he wrote an introduction; the work is not otherwise known. Perhaps he was the author also of "Yode'e Binah," a work which Azulai mentions having seen in a partly burned and illegible condition. Romi wrote a commentary to Zohar Genesis, which was continued by Moses Zacuto. In 1663 he edited at Venice the Zohar Ḥadash.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. cols. 1451-52;
  • Reggio, Beḥinat ha-Ḳabbalah, p. xii., Göritz, 1852;
  • Vogelstein-Rieger, Gesch. der Juden in Rom, ii. 266.
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