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BONDAVIN, BONJUDES:

Physician; lived at the end of the fourteenth century and the beginning of the fifteenth. He practised medicine at Marseilles from 1381 to 1389, and in 1390 went to Sardinia, settling at Alghero. In addition to his medical skill, Bondavin possessed great knowledge of Talmudical literature; and the Jewish community of Cagliari elected him rabbi. The king confirmed this election and extended Bondavin's jurisdiction over all the Jews of Sardinia. This official post gave him much influence, and he was admitted among the high dignitaries who attended King Martin II. when the latter sojourned at Cagliari. Bondavin carried on a scientific correspondence with Isaac ben Sheshet Barfat (Ribash), who answered the question propounded to him in his Responsa, No. 171.

Bibliography:
  • Barthélemy, Les Médecins à Marseille, p. 27;
  • Isaac Bloch, in Rev. Et. Juives, viii. 280.
G. I. Br.
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