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KALOMITI, ABRAHAM BEN MOSES:

Turkish scholar of the fifteenth century. To him is attributed the rationalistic commentary on Job found in manuscript in the Bodleian Library (Neubauer, "Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS." No. 2243). In this commentary (fol. 57) the author quotes the "Sefer ha-Middot," a work of his on the "Ethics" of Aristotle. Kalomiti's claim to its authorship is, however, questioned by Steinschneider, who supposes that the commentary on Job was only copied for Kalomiti.

The surname "Kalomiti, which is the equivalent of the Hebrew , was borne by several prominent Turkish Jews. A certain David and one Samuel are highly praised by Ephraim ben Gershon ha-Rofe in his sermons.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, in Hebr. Bibl. xvii. 111, 135; xix. 31;
  • idem, Hebr. Uebers. p. 219, note 807b.
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