Culi (Ḥulli), Jacob ben Meʾir
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Jacob ben Meʾir Culi (Ḥulli) (ca. 1689–1732) was the author of the Meʿam Loʿez (Heb. From a People of Strange Language - see Ps. 114:1), an encyclopedic anthology of Bible commentary in Judeo-Spanish that made Jewish tradition available in the vernacular to a broad audience of Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire. Culi was born in Ottoman Palestine around 1689 and went to Istanbul in order to publish some of the writings of his maternal grandfather, Moses ibn Ḥabib of Salonica. In Istanbul, he studied under Judah Rosanes, who appointed him a dayyan (judge) on the rabbinical court. On compl…

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Matthias Lehmann, “Culi (Ḥulli), Jacob ben Meʾir”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 June 2017
First published online: 2010



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