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JACOB IBN NA'IM or NAYYAM:

Rabbi of Smyrna toward the end of the seventeenth century. He corresponded with Ḥayyim Benveniste, author of "Keneset ha-Gedolah," whom Jacob seems to have succeeded in the rabbinate of Smyrna. Jacob was the author of "Mishkenot Ya'aḳob" (Salonica, 1721), homilies on the Pentateuch and other subjects, followed by a pamphlet entitled "Ẓenif Melukah," on the obligations of subjects to their king; a responsa collection entitled "Zera' Ya'aḳob," followedby a collection of sermons bearing the title "Yeshu'ot Ya'aḳob," Leghorn, 1784. Zedner ("Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus." p. 2) attributes the last two works to a different author, whom he calls Jacob Ḥayyim ibn Na'im; but Benjacob attributes them to Joseph ibn Na'im.

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, i., s.v.;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. iii. 16.
S. S. M. Sel.
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