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GUIDACERIUS, AGATHIUS:

Italian Christian Hebraist; born at Rocca-Coragio, Calabria, in the second half of the fifteenth century. Having studied Hebrew under a Portuguese rabbi at Rome, he was appointed teacher of that language at the university. In 1530 he was appointed by Francis I. professor at the Collège de France, where he interpreted both the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Scripture. Guidacerius wrote the following: "Institutiones Grammaticæ Hebraicæ Linguæ," compiledfrom the grammar "Petaḥ Debarai" and the "Miklol" of Ḳimḥi (Rome, 1514; Paris, 1529, 1539, and 1546); "Peculium Agathi," on the Hebrew letters, vowels, accents, and syllables (Paris, 1537); "Versio Latina Grammaticæ David Kimchi" (Paris, 1540); commentaries to the Psalms; a commentary to Canticles, with the Hebrew and Latin texts (Rome, 1524); a commentary to Ecclesiastes (Paris, 1531).

Bibliography:
  • Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. ii. 608, iv. 289;
  • Steinschneider, Bibliographisches Handbuch, p. 56;
  • Hoefer, Nouvelle Biographie Générale.
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