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ILLESCOS, JACOB DI:

Bible commentator, probably of Italian origin; lived in the fourteenth century. He was the author of "Imre No'am," an allegorical, cabalistic, and grammatical commentary on the Pentateuch, with explanatory notes on the obscure passages of Rashi and Ibn Ezra; it was first published at Constantinople in 1546. The work went through many editions, and was incorporated by Moses Frankfurter in the "Miḳra'ot Gedolot" (Amsterdam, 1724-27). Illescos quotes Rashi, "Leḳaḥ Ṭob," "Bekor Shor," together with Judah ha-Ḥasid, the tosafot, Moses of Coucy, and many other commentators.

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim;
  • Steinschneider, Jewish Literature, p. 145;
  • idem, Cat. Bodl. col. 1215;
  • Zunz, Z. G. p. 102;
  • Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, p. 531.
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