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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Pethahiah b. Jacob ha-Laban

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Traveler born at Prague flourished between 1175,1190. He journeyed from Ratisbon (Regensburg) to the East, traveling through Poland, southern Russia, Armenia, Persia, Babylon, and Palestine. His notes of the journey, part of which he had mislaid in Bohemia, were collected by his compatriot Judah b. Samuel he-Ḥ asid, and were first published, under the abbreviated title "Sibbub," at Prague in 1595 then by Wagenseil, with a Latin version, in "Exercitationes Sex" (pp. 160-203, Strassburg, 1687) by Carmoly, in Hebrew and French under the title "Sibbub ha-' Olam," at Paris in 1831 and finally by A. Benish, in Hebrew and English, as "The Travels of Rabbi Petaḥ yah," at London in 1856. The latest edition of Pethahiah's work appeared at Lemberg in 1859.

Bibliography : Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 634 Benjacob, Oẓ ar ha-Sefarim , 407 Grä tz, Gesch. 6:236, and note 10 Gü demann, Gesch. 1:112 Winter and Wü nsche, Die Jü dische Litteratur , 3:432 Zunz, G. S. 1:165. W. B. S. O.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Pethahiah b. Jacob ha-Laban'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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