ARIAS, JOSEPH SEMAH


ARIAS, JOSEPH SEMAH
ARIAS, JOSEPH SEMAH (or Ẓemaḥ; late 17th century), Marrano author. While serving in Brussels as a captain in the Spanish Army, Arias was adjutant to another Marrano writer, Nicolás de Oliver y Fullana . A décima burlesca (ten-line humorous   dedication) of Arias' has survived. It was printed in miguel de barrios ' Flor de Apolo (1665), 165. It seems likely that he and Barrios were friends during their military service in the Spanish Netherlands (c. 1665). Like Barrios and Oliver y Fullana, Arias eventually left the army and settled in Amsterdam, where he joined the Jewish community. In Amsterdam he published a Spanish translation of Josephus' Contra Apionem, the Repuesta de Josepho contra Apión (Amsterdam, 1687), which he dedicated to isaac orobio de castro . -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kayserling, in: REJ, 18 (1889), 287; idem, Bibl, 13; idem, Sephardim (Ger., 1859), 251–2; Roth, Marranos, index. (Kenneth R. Scholberg)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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