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Levita, Elijah

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Elijah ben Asher ha-Levi Ashkenazi Levita (Baḥur [“chosen”] 1469–1549), poet, philologist, grammarian, proofreader in the Venetian publishing house of Daniel Bomberg, lexicographer, teacher of Hebrew and collector of manuscripts and books for Christian Hebraists, is a leading figure in biblical studies during the Renaissance period. Most of his books are devoted to the transmission of knowledge that could facilitate understanding the language, structure and meaning of the Scriptures. A first im…

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