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IMMANUEL BEN JEKUTHIEL OF BENEVENTO:

Grammarian and corrector for the press at Mantua; lived in the second half of the sixteenth century. He was connected with the printing establishments of Meïr Sofer ben Ephraim of Padua and Jacob ben Naphtali ha-Kohen of Gazolo, and was the author of "Liwyat Ḥen," on Hebrew grammar and prosody, in eleven chapters (Mantua, 1557). On page 16 he gives an explanation of the riddle of Abraham ibn Ezra on the four letters . Owing to an obscure note by Judah Moscato, Immanuel has been accused of taking this explanation from Profiat Duran without acknowledgment (see Friedländer and Kohn, "Ma'aseh Efod," pp. 11, 46). This accusation, however, has been refuted by Mortara in "Bet Talmud" (ii. 179 et seq.). The Mantua(1557) edition of the "Tiḳḳune Zohar" was annotated by Immanuel.

Bibliography:
  • Zunz, Z. G. p. 253;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. cols. 541, 1055;
  • idem, Bibliographisches Handbuch, p. 68;
  • Mortara, Indice, p. 7;
  • Renan-Neubauer, Les Rabbins Français, p. 638.
G. M. Sc.
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