Leon or Leone, Jacob Jehudah

Leon Or Leone, Jacob Jehudah a Jewish writer of note, who was born, of Moorish descent, in 1614, in Holland, and flourished first at Middelburg and later at Amsterdam, is noted as a writer on the Temple model (compare Retrato del Templo, Middelb. 1642, or Hebrew תבנית היכל, Amst. 1650), and as an illustrator of the Talmudical writings. He also figured prominently as a polemical writer, contending for the inspiration of the O.T. writings, while he ruthlessly attacked the Gospel doctrines. He is now generally supposed to have been the author of Colloquiumn Middelburgense (attributed by Fabricius to Manasse ben-Israel), and of Con dijierentes theologos de lac Christianid. ad. Leon died after 1671. See Gratz. Gesch. d. Juden, 10:24 sq., 200 sq.; Fürst, Biblioth. Jud. 2:232 sq.

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