Vidal Benveniste

Vidal Benveniste

Vidal Benveniste (lived at Saragossa, Spain, in the fifteenth century) was a Spanish Jew. He was elected, by the notables of the Jewish communities of Aragon, as the chief speaker at the disputation of Tortosa (1414), because of his knowledge of Latin and his reputed wisdom.

Benveniste wrote a refutation of the seeming evidences of Jesus as the Messiah, called "Ḳodesh ha-Ḳodashim," which is still extant in manuscript. He is not identical with Don Ferrer of Gerona or with Vidal ben Labi de la Caballeria, as claimed by some.


Early years



*Ibn Verga, Shebeṭ Yehudah, ed. Wiener, pp. 68 et seq.
*Grätz, Gesch. der Juden, 3d ed., viii. 414 et seq.
*Michael, Or ha-Ḥayyim, No. 804.

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