AHIMAAZ BEN PALTIEL (b. 1017), chronicler and poet of Capua, south Italy. In 1054 when he removed to Oria, the place of origin of his family, he compiled Megillat Yuḥasin ("The Scroll of Genealogies"), also known as Megillat Aḥima'aẓ ("The Ahimaaz Scroll" or the "Chronicle of Ahimaaz"). It describes in rhymed prose the genealogy of his family from the ninth century to his own time. The Ahimaaz family counted among its members prominent personalities, who had been ahimaaz ben paltiel   leaders of their generations in the different communities of Italy, as well as in North Africa, e.g., Shephatiah, Amittai b. Shephatiah, Paltiel. They actively participated in some of the most important events in these countries. Megillat Aḥima'az is consequently a significant Jewish historical source covering several periods and countries. Apart from historical data, it includes legends and fantastic tales and, despite some inaccuracies, it is a reliable historical document. The one known manuscript is in the library of Toledo Cathedral, where it was discovered by A. Neubauer in 1895. It has since been edited several times; the edition by B. Klar appeared in 1944 (second edition, M. Spitzer, 1974). Ahimaaz also composed a poem in honor of the nagid paltiel (included in the Scroll) and a number of piyyutim. A photograph of the manuscript was published in 1964 in Jerusalem. In 1965, the text of the manuscript was published with a concordance: Megillat Aḥima'aẓ Me'ubbedet u-Muggeshet ke-Ḥomer le-Millon, edited by R. Mirkin with the assistance of I. Yeivin and G.B. Tsarfati. There is an English translation by M. Salzman (1924, 1966) and an Italian one by C. Colafemmina (2001). -BIBLIOGRAPHY: B. Klar (ed.), Megillat Aḥima'aẓ (1944), 139–56, postscript; Klar, in: Sinai, 22 (1947/48), 243–8; Kaufmann, Schriften, 3 (1915), 1–55 (appeared in MGWJ, 40 (1896), 462 ff.); Waxman, Literature, 1 (1960), 425–7; Roth, Dark Ages, 104, 251; Neubauer, Chronicles, index. S.V. Aḥima'aẓ. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Bonfil, Tradue Mondi (1996), 67–133. (Jefim (Hayyim) Schirmann)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ahimaaz ben Paltiel — ( he. אחימעץ בן פלטיאל) was an Italian Jewish liturgical poet and author of a family chronicle. He was born in Capua, Italy, in 1017 and died about 1060 in Oria. Very little is known about his life. He came of a family some of whose members are… …   Wikipedia

  • Ahimaaz ben Paltiel — Ahimaatz ben Paltiel Aḥimaatz ben Paltiel (en hébreu: אחימעץ בן פלטיאל) est un poète liturgique juif italien (Capoue, 1017 Oria, 1060), auteur d une chronique familiale, abondamment utilisée comme source pour la période qu il décrit (de 850 jusqu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ahimaaz ben Paltiel — (1017 60)    Italian chronicler and poet. In 1054 he compiled a genealogy of his family in rhymed prose, preserved in The Ahimaaz Scroll …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Ahimaatz ben Paltiel — Aḥimaatz ben Paltiel (en hébreu: אחימעץ בן פלטיאל) est un poète liturgique juif italien (Capoue, 1017 Oria, 1060), auteur d une chronique familiale, abondamment utilisée comme source pour la période qu il décrit (de 850 jusqu à la date de la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Achimaats ben Paltiel — (hebr. אחימעץ בן פלטיאל,‎ * 1017 in Capua; † 1060 in Oria) war ein jüdisch liturgischer Dichter und Autor einer historisch wertvollen Familienchronik. Achimaats war Spross einer großen Gelehrtenfamilie und schrieb in der Megillat Achimaats (… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ahimaaz — For the medieval chronicler, see Ahimaaz ben Paltiel .Ahimaaz, brother of anger , irascible in Hebrew. (1.) The father of Ahinoam, the wife of Saul (1 Sam. 14:50).(2.) The son and successor of Zadok in the office of highpriest (1 Chr. 6:8, 53).… …   Wikipedia

  • PALTIEL — (d. 975), astrologer, physician, and statesman at the court of the fatimid caliph al Muʿizz. Paltiel is referred to in two Hebrew sources. Ahimaaz, his relative, lists him in his genealogy (Megillat Aḥima aẓ, ed. B. Klar (1944), 35–45),… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • POETRY — This article is arranged according to the following outline (for modern poetry, see hebrew literature , Modern; see also prosody ): biblical poetry introduction the search for identifiable indicators of biblical poetry the presence of poetry in… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • CAPUA — CAPUA, town in southern Italy, 13 mi. (22 km.) north of Naples. The Jewish community dates back to the last centuries of the Roman Empire. Probably Jews continued to live there afterward; the community is known to have flourished in the latter… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Poet — A poet is a person who writes poetry. EtymologyFrom the ancient greek : , poieō : I make or compose ; , poïêtes : artisan, creator, maker (also makar), author, poet > Latin : : poet, author > Old French : (1200 1400) or > Used ( poet ) in 14th.… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.