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A. Biram, Ph.D.

Berlin, Germany.

Contributions:
MA'ASEH BERESHIT; MA'ASEH MERKABAH – Talmudic terms for the esoteric doctrine of the universe, or for parts of it (comp. Cabala). Ma'aseh Bereshit, following Gen. i., comprises the cosmogony of the Talmudic times; Ma'aseh Merkabah, based on the description of the...
MENAHEM B. MICHAEL B. JOSEPH HA-ḲARA'I – Karaite philosopher and poet; born in Babylon; a contemporary of Saadia. He corresponded with David al-Muḳammaṣ, whom he had met in Babylon, on philosophical subjects, and perhaps also regarding the Karaite "sheḥiṭah."...
MENAHEM B. SOLOMON B. ISAAC – Author of the "Sekel Ṭob" and the "Eben Boḥan"; flourished in the first half of the twelfth century. The presence of twenty-five Italian glosses in his works indicates that he lived in Italy. The "Sekel Ṭob," written in 1139 at...
MENAHEM ZIONI (ẒIYYUNI) B. MEÏR OF SPEYER – Cabalist of the middle of the fifteenth century; author of the cabalistic commentary "Ẓiyyuni," from which he derives his name. He based his work upon Rashi and Naḥmanides, and especially upon the old cabalistic literature of...
MILLENNIUM – Messianic Period an Interregnum. The reign of peace, lasting one thousand years, which will precede the Last Judgment and the future life. The concept has assumed especial importance in the Christian Church, where it is termed...