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JOSEPH OF CHINON:

French Talmudist; lived about the middle of the thirteenth century. According to Zunz, Joseph was a son of Nathanael the Holy, but Gross points out that this was not the case. He is quoted in "Minḥat Yehudah" (Renan-Neubauer, "Les Rabbins Français," p. 441) and in the responsa of Solomon ben Adret.

Joseph is better known through the reputation of his three sons than through his own. These three, Eliezer, Nathanael, and Jacob, it has been supposed, suffered martyrdom at the same time in Chinon; but this, according to Gross, is not probable, because Nathanael did not live in Chinon at that time.

Bibliography:
  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 363;
  • idem, Z. G. p. 54;
  • Carmoly, Lébanon, iii. 330;
  • Gross, Gallia Judaica, p. 585.
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