BONAFOS, MENAHEM BEN ABRAHAM (called also Bonafoux, Abraham of Perpignan):(Redirected from BONAFOUX, MENAHEM B. ABRAHAM.)
French philosopher; flourished at the end of the fourteenth century and at the beginning of the fifteenth. He was the author of a work entitled "Sefer ha-Gedarim" (Book of the Definitions), or, as it is also called, "Miklal Yofi" (Perfection of Beauty), a dictionary of technical expressions in Hebrew works on philosophy, ethics, and medicine, especially the terms found in the "Guide of Perplexed." The author aimed rather to give a clear explanation of the terms than their etymology, though drawing sometimes upon Arabic and Greek for help in his explanations. The work was published with some notes by Isaac
- De Rossi, Dizionario Storico, p. 75;
- Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1719;
- Gross, Gallia Judaica, p. 476.