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SAMUEL HA-NAḲDAN:

Masorite and grammarian of the twelfth century. A grammatical work of his entitled "Deyaḳut" is extant in the Royal Library at Berlin. It deals with various grammatical points and with the accents. According to Steinschneider, it is valuable as showing the beginnings of grammatical study among the French Jews before the influence of Ḳimḥi or of the Spanish school was felt. The author may be identical with one Samuel le Pointur, mentioned in a tax-roll of 1194 as living in Bristol.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Die Handschriften-Verzeichnisse der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, p. 100;
  • Jacobs, Jews of Angevin England, pp. 162, 421.
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