Nola, Paulus Eustatius De

Nola, Paulus Eustatius De formerly Menachem, a noted Hebraist, flourished in the second half of the 16th century. Of his early life nothing is known beyond the fact that he was the teacher of Thomas Aldobrandino, brother of pope Clement VIII, whom he instructed in the Hebrew language. The conversations which Aldobrandino held with Menachem on these occasions led the latter to inquire after truth, and the inquiry finally resulted in his baptism in the year 1567, on which occasion he took the name of Paulus Eustatius. He wrote, Salutari discorsi, ne quali si contengono li principali dogmi della religione efede Christiana (Naples, 1582), which he dedicated to pope Gregory XIII, and which treats of the Trinity, on the necessity of the coming of the Messiah, etc.: — Sacro settenario (Naples, 1579), dedicated to the cardinal Luigi d'Este. Besides, he wrote some other works which are still in MS. See Bartolocci, Bibliotheca Rabbinica, 4:33; Wolf, Biblioth. Hebr. 1:769; 3:691; Furst, Bibl. Jud. 3:38; Kalkar, Israel u. d. Kirche, p. 72 (Hamburg, 1869); Jicher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v. Menachem. (B. P.)

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