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Baḥya ben Asher
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Hebrew Name(s): בחיי בן אשר; בחיי בן אשר אבן חלאוה
Other Names: Baḥye ben Asher, Baḥye ben Asher ibn Halawa, Baḥya ben Asher ben Halawa, Rabbeinu Beḥaye, Rabbeinu Baḥya, Rabbi Baḥya ben Asher of Saragossa, Baḥya Ben Asher Ben Hlava, Rabbenu Baḥya Ben Asher Ben Hlava
Period: Rishonim — 13th–14th Century
Location: Saragossa, Spain
Dates: d. 1340

Biography:
Rabbeinu Beḥya is considered one of the most distinguished biblical exegetes of Spain. He studied under R. Solomon ben Adret, focusing on Bible rather than Talmud, and taking Naḥmanides (the teacher of Adret) as a model. His work is valuable to Kabbalists because, following Naḥmanides, he was the first to introduce Kabbalah into biblical exegesis and quotes the mystical teachings of Naḥmanides' contemporaries.
 
The Be'urʿal ha-Torah, a commentary on the Torah, is his best known work.
 
Baḥya ben Asher has been considered to be the author Sefer ha-Emunah ṿeha-biṭaḥon, a work which is attributed to Naḥmanides or his disciples, and is included in Kitve HaRamban Vol. 2.

Works:
Be'urʿal ha-Torah; Kad ha-Kemaḥ; Shulchan Arba; Ḥoshen ha-Mishpat [now lost]; Sefer ha-Emunah ṿeha-biṭaḥon [attributed]

Comments:
The Be'urʿal ha-Torah is a commentary on the Torah.
Sefer ha-Emunah ṿeha-biṭaḥon is a work which is attributed to Naḥmanides or his disciples, and is included in Kitve HaRamban Vol. 2. Some think the work is that of Baḥya ben Asher.

 

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