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JOSEPH BEN ẒADDIḲ:

Rabbi in Arevalo, Spain, during the fifteenth century; author of a treatise entitled "Zeker Ẓaddiḳ," on ritual matters, in fifty chapters, still in manuscript. The last chapter contains a chronicle of Jewish worthies from the Creation down to the day of the writer; the last entry being dated 1487. A few of the events near or in his own time are treated somewhat fully. The rest is made up of names and dates which are often sadly distorted, both by the author and by the writer of the manuscript. Nearly all the data given in the historical chapter are found in the "Yuḥasin" of Abraham Zacuto. According to Neubauer (who has printed the chapter in his "M. J. C." i. 85-100), the two authors drew from a common source.

Bibliography:
  • Neubauer, M. J. C. i. p. xiv.;
  • idem, Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS. col. 825;
  • Isidore Loeb, in R. E. J. xvii. 75 et seq. (where corrections of the text may be found);
  • Michael, Or ha-Ḥayyim, No. 1054.
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