Jonathan ben David ha-Cohen

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Rabbi Jonathan ben David ha-Kohen of Lunel (c. 1135–after 1210) was a leading French tosafist.

He was also known as Jonathan of Lunel, and was one of several Jewish scholars associated with the town, including Meshullam ben Jacob of Lunel, Rabbi Abraham ben David (the "RABaD") who taught in Lunel before moving to Posquières, and Asher ben Meshullam of Lunel, the author of several rabbinical works.[1][2]

Jonathan defended Maimonides against the severe attacks of Abraham ben David of Posquières (RABaD), and at Jonathan's instance Maimonides sent to Lunel his Moreh Nebukim, which Samuel ibn Tibbon translated into Hebrew. Jonathan is the author of a commentary on a work by Alfasi. About 1210, shortly before his departure for Palestine, where he went to with Tobiah and Samuel ben Simson, he corresponded with Isaac ben Abraham of Dampierre, who had sent him a Talmudic responsum on a subject concerning the Holy Land.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Jonathan ben David ha-Kohen of Lunel". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. 

Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography[edit]

  • I. Lattes, Sha'are Ziyyon, p. 74;
  • Gross, in Monatsschrift, 1874, p. 21;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Uebers. p. 416;
  • R. E. J. vi. 177.