Nathan of Rome, Author of the First Jewish Dictionary https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/03/nathan-of-rome-author-of-the-first-jewish-dictionary/

March 27, 2019 | Henry Abramson

Nathan ben Yeḥiel of Rome (ca. 1035-1110) was one of the most important talmudic scholars of his day, known above all for his Arukh, a massive and comprehensive dictionary of the famously difficult language of the Talmud—a work written in a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic with heavy doses of Greek and Persian. Not satisfied merely to define words, Nathan compiled a great deal of other reference information for each entry, creating a work unlike anything that preceded it. Henry Abramson, after a swift survey of Roman Jewish history in the first millennium, tells what is known of Nathan’s life and work. (Video, 50 minutes.)

 

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