Ibn Balaam, Judah (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben Samuel
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Judah (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben Samuel ibn Balaam was a prolific author of philological and exegetical works in Judeo-Arabic. He also composed Hebrew liturgical poetry and was a student of halakha. Born in Toledo, he always felt like an Andalusi, and for that reason established himself in Seville after Toledo fell to Alfonso VI in 1085. Judah’s surname has been the subject of lengthy debate; the most appropriate reading seems to be Bilʿam (from ben-al-ʿam, son of his paternal uncle).

Meticulously educated in Arabic and Hebrew, Judah began writing in earnest during the secon…

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José Martínez Delgado, “Ibn Balaam, Judah (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben Samuel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 23 August 2017
First published online: 2010



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