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BENVENISTE BEN ḤIYYAH BEN ALDAYYAN (called also Al-Yasis [the Elder] or Ibn al-Yasis):

Physician and religious poet of the thirteenth century. Zunz mentions three metrical "baḳḳashahs" (supplications) written by him. At Benveniste's request, Jacob ben Eleazar under-took the translation of "Kalilah wa-Dimnah" from the Arabic into Hebrew. To the preface of this translation Jacob prefixed a few verses laudatory of Benveniste.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 2703;
  • idem, Hebr. Uebers. p. 879;
  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 545;
  • Lands-huth, 'Ammude ha-'Abodah, p. 51;
  • J. Derenbourg, Deux Versions Hebraïques du Livre de Kalîlâh et Dimnâh, p. 313, Paris, 1881.
G. M. K.
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