Skip to main content

Full text of "Comment on "Elhanan, Son of Shemariah ben Elhanan""

See other formats


STOP 



Early Journal Content on JSTOR, Free to Anyone in the World 

This article is one of nearly 500,000 scholarly works digitized and made freely available to everyone in 
the world byJSTOR. 

Known as the Early Journal Content, this set of works include research articles, news, letters, and other 
writings published in more than 200 of the oldest leading academic journals. The works date from the 
mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. 

We encourage people to read and share the Early Journal Content openly and to tell others that this 
resource exists. People may post this content online or redistribute in any way for non-commercial 
purposes. 

Read more about Early Journal Content at http://about.istor.org/participate-istor/individuals/early- 
journal-content . 



JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people 
discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching 
platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit 
organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please 
contact support@jstor.org. 



596 The Jewish (Quarterly Review. 



The Responsum commuaicated by Dr. Neubauer (as above, pp. 222-3) 
is of great importance. He not only confirms the assumption of 
Graetz (IIistory,Y. 300-311), that the scholars taken captive by the 
Admiral Ibn Rumalis were Babylonians,' but also the conjecture of 
Prof. Kaufmann {Magazin, by Berliner, V. pp. IQ-IS), that they came 
from Purabadita. Neubauer has correctly identified apP^ the one 
addressed, as D*D3 |3, who, in this case, as in others, is styled eiPN. 
Cf . Kobak's Jeshurun (Hebrew) VIII. 57, in which I called attention 
to the Responsa ntUJ mon, No. 135 : v\'h^ 3py* nio, and I now add 
Responsa ny\VT\ nySJ*, No. 71 : V't V3N mpn HlW 1J»n, and Or 
Sarua, II. 110; No. 234: V3N fll^N DSJ'3 D»D3 "\. 

Now, if the one addressed be Jacob ben Nissim, it seems to me that 
the respondent is, beyond doubt, R. Schevira, who also addressed his 
well-known epistle to Jacob b. Nissim (cf. Neubauer Mediaval Jewish 
Chronicles, Preface, p. xi.). Here (p. 223) he says: nnOSJ' 13»31 

miK'3 ^a-h in^osj' nh) njmh ):b ihudb' i6 p 'h'h) w^B' n3*E'»3 

2n3*K'* h'£f nniB'n K^B'D n^na. Then Schemaria was in the Academy 
of Pumbadita, in which at the time Scheraira was not yet Gaon, but 
Ab-bet-Din (cf. Rapoport in Buach' a Jahrtuch, 1844-5, p. 264); and, 
consequently, the other scholars, who were his fellow-travellers and 
were taken prisoners with him, were also from Pumbadita. 

S. J. Halberstam. 

1 Contrary to J. H. Weiss, Zur Oeschiehte der jiid. Tradition, IV. 266. 
Cf. also Besturi's Magazin II. 26, III. 171, XL 139. 

' Cf. my remarks in Kobak's Jeshurun, V. 139, concerning the informa- 
tion of R. Nathan. Perhaps there is acme sort of connection between 
these three rows in the academy and the three Dn3n mentioned there.