R. Avraham Saba (Tzeror HaMor) – Intellectual Profile

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R. Avraham Saba (Tzeror HaMor)
Name
R. Avraham Saba, Tzeror HaMor
ר' אברהם סבע, צרור המור
Dates1440-1508
LocationCastile, Portugal, various centers in north Africa
WorksTzeror HaMor, Eshkol HaKofer
Exegetical Characteristics
Influenced byR. Yitzchak de Leon
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Background

Life

  • Name – R. Avraham Saba
    • Hebrew name – ר' אברנם סבע
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  • Dates – d. circa 1508
  • Location – Zamora (northern Castile); various centers in Portugal (after 1492); various centers in North Africa (after 1498)
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  • Family – Father: Jacob; Brother: Saul; married with two sons (but by 1497 had no children, his sons having been forcibly baptized)
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  • Contemporaries – R. Isaac Arama; R. Isaac Abarbanel; R. Yehudah Hayyat
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  • Time period – 1492 Spanish Expulsion; forced conversion of Portuguese Jewry (1497); Saba hid his writings in the root of an olive tree after the decree requiring Jews to bring all of their books to the "great synagogue in Lisbon"; one of a few dozen Jews to avoid the forced baptisms inflicted on tens of thousands of Jews in Portugal; after about half a year in jail in Lisbon, Saba sailed for North Africa after his release in February, 1498, where he lived in various centers, including Fez.
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