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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Isaac Ben Levi Ben Saul of Lucena

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Spanish grammarian and liturgical poet flourished in the first half of the eleventh century a contemporary of Isaac Gikatilla and Isaac ibn Ḥ alfon. Isaac is quoted under the name of "Isaac b. Saul" by Ibn Janaḥ in "Ha-Riḳ mah" (p. 122), where some of his verses are given in "Sefer ha-Shorashim" (s.v. ) in "Sefer ha-Ḳ erub weha-Yesher" by Moses ibn Ezra (see Wolf, "Bibl. Hebr." 3:4) and by Abraham ibn Ezra in his commentary to the Bible (Deuteronomy 32:17 Isaiah 27:5 ) and in his "Sefat Yeter" (No. 68). The metrical poem beginning "Elohai al-tedineni" is attributed to Isaac b. Levi, while the one beginning "Ha-kol yifḥ adu" gives the acrostic "Yiẓ ḥ aḳ bar Lewi ben Mar Sha' ul Alisani." There also exist a seliḥ ah for the seventeenth of Tammuz and a poem for the seventh day of Passover, which both give the acrostic "Yiẓ ḥ aḳ bar Lewi" this, according to Zunz ("Literaturgesch." p. 217), may designate Isaac ben Levi b. Saul.

Bibliography : L. Dukes, Litteratur-Historische Mittheilungen , p. 168 idem, Naḥ al Ḳ edumim , p. 9 idem, Orient, Lit. 8:362 Zunz, Literaturgesch , pp. 187,216 Carmoly, in Jost's Annalen , 2:309 Munk, Abu' l-Walid , pp. 78,79 Landshuth, ' Ammude ha-' Abodah , p. 127.G. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Isaac Ben Levi Ben Saul of Lucena'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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