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KRESPIA NAḲDAN:

Scribe of the thirteenth century. He is recorded as having copied in March, 1243, a manuscript of Maimonides' "Yad ha-Ḥazaḳah" now in the British Museum. The same manuscript contains an "azharah," with an acrostic on Krespia's name, which has reference to the disputation at Paris in 1240. This Krespia Naḳdan has been frequently confounded with Berechiah Naḳdan, the composer of the fox-fables, as by Carmoly ("Les Israélites de France," p. 24) and Geiger ("Oẓar Neḥmad," i. 106).

Bibliography:
  • Dukes, in Kobak's Jeschurun, iv. 18, 19;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. xiii. 83;
  • Renan-Neubauer, Les Rabbins Français, pp. 490-492.
G. J.
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