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Abraham ben Azriel
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was one of the major authors belonging to the Kalonymus circle of 13th-century Rhineland esoterics and mystics; he was among the third generation of scholars produced by this school. He came to Speyer from Bohemia to study with Rabbi Judah the Pious (died 1217) and especially with Rabbi Eleazar ben Judah of Worms, whom he referred to as his immediate teacher. He is the author of Arugat ha-bosem (“Bed of Spices”: Song 5:13), completed in 1234, an exhaustive commentary on the piyuttim of the Jewish prayer book. Its encyclopedic compass makes Arugat ha-bosem unique among th…

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Dan, Joseph, “Abraham ben Azriel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00079>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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