Carretus, Ludovicus

Carretus, Ludovicus a Jewish convert (originally Tadiros Cohen), was a native of France. As the physician of a Spanish duke, he was with the imperial troops who besieged Florence in 1530. Some years afterwards, at the age of fifty, he professed Christianity, at Genoa. He wrote מראות אלהים, Liber Visorur Divinolrum, a cabalistic work, in which he speaks of his conversion, quoting at the same time passages from the Bible and the Cabala for the truth of Christianity. It was translated into Latin by Angelo Canini (Paris, 1553). See Fürst, Bibl. Jude 1:1, 146; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten Lexikon, s.v.; Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. 1, 724; Delitzsch, Saat auf Hoffung, 7

(1870), 375; id. Wissenschaft, Kunst, Judenthum (Grimma, 1838), p. 290. (B. P.)

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