Samson Ha-Nakdan

Samson Ha-Nakdan (Hebrew: סמסון הנקדאן; fl.1240) was a 13th-century German-Jewish writer and Hebrew grammarian.

Samson Ha-Nakdan
Ḥibur ha-ḳonim.jpg
14th century manuscript of Hibbur ha-Konim
Personal
Born
Samson Ha-Nakdan

Died
ReligionJudaism
ChildrenKolonymus Ha-Nakdan

BiographyEdit

Possibly born in Xanten, Germany, he studied Hebrew grammar in Germany, where he became aquatinted with the works of Jonah ibn Janah and Abraham ibn Ezra, and Elias Levita often references Rabbi Samson's works. Later in his life he adopted the surname "Ha-Nakdan" ("the grammarian"), which his descendants also adopted, such as his grandson Joseph ben Kalonymus ha-Nakdan who was also a Hebrew grammarian.[1][2]

WorksEdit

  • Mafte'aḥ ha-Dikduk - a work on the pronunciation and accents of medieval hebrew. Some have identified it to be identical with Sefer Kelalei ha-Dikduk.
  • Ḥibbur ha-Konim (also called Sefer ha-Shimshoni) - a work on the which vowel-points and accents of medieval Hebrew.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Samson Ha-Nakdan | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  2. ^ "Nakdan, Samson or Simson from the McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia". McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2020-06-17.