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Italian scholar; born at Safed, Palestine; lived in the second half of the seventeenth century at Verona, where he directed a Talmudical school. He was the author of "Ḥokmat ha-Mishkan" or "Iggeret Meleket ha-Mishkan" (Mantua, 1676), on the construction of the First Temple. He also published a map of Palestine which Zunz supposes to have been prepared as one of the illustrations of a Passover Haggadah. Besides his own works Joseph edited "Ḥibbur Ma'asiyyot" (Venice, 1646), a collection of moral tales, and Gershon ben Asher's "Yiḥus ha-Ẓaddiḳim," to which he added notes of his own (Mantua, 1676).

  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 213;
  • Zunz, in Asher's edition of Benjamin of Tudela's Massa'ot, ii. 286;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1526;
  • Mortara, Indice, p. 54.
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