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SAMUEL BEN REUBEN OF CHARTRES:

French liturgical poet. He wrote a "reshut" in Aramaic which was recited with the Targum of the hafṭarah for the Feast of Weeks, and which consisted of sixty half-lines riming with . The reshut is signed "Samuel ha-Ketabi." Gross explains this ambiguous designation as follows: The name of Samuel's native city, Chartres, is very similar to the old French word "charte" (document, charter), which may be translated in Aramaic by "ketab." From this noun Samuel formed the adjective "ketabi," alluding to his native city.

Bibliography:
  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 464;
  • Gross, Gallia Judaica, p. 605.
E. C. A. Pe.
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