DAVID BEN SAMUEL OF ESTELLA (KOKABI):
Provençal scholar; flourished in the first half of the thirteenth century. He was a native of Estella, whence his name "Kokabi" (Starlike), the Hebrew equivalent for "Estella." Isaac of Lattes, in his literary history "Ḳiryat Sefer," represents him as a great scholar, and mentions two works of his which are still extant in manuscript: "Migdal Dawid" (Castle of David), divided into two parts, the first treating of speculative and moral theology, and the second of practical theology (Perreau Cat. ii. 40); "Ḳiryat Sefer" (City of the Book), divided into three parts, and dealing with the precepts concerning the love of God, with those which are useful for the conservation of the body and the soul, and with those concerning social relations (MS. No. 113, London Jewish College).
- Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. viii. 63;
- Rev. Et. Juives, ix. 218, x. 317;
- Renan-Neubauer, Les Ecrivains Juifs Frauçais, pp. 125et seq.