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BENVENISTE BEN JACOB:

One of the officers of the society Biḳḳur Ḥolim of the Spanish synagogue in Venice toward the end of the seventeenth century. He was of Spanish descent, and is mentioned together with Raphael ben Solomon Silva and Isaac ben Baruch Carvalho in the ("Pulcherrima Inquisitio Animæ"), prayers for the sick and dying used by the members of the above-mentioned society (Venice, Bragadin, 1685). Fürst wrongly attributes the partial authorship of these prayers to Benveniste ("Bibl. Judaica," i. 106; Benjacob, "Oẓar ha-Sefarim," p. 608, No. 1199); but see Steinschneider, "Cat. Bodl. " No. 3333.

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