Isaac ben-Samuel of Acre

   Cabbalist. Isaac was taken prisoner when his native Acre was captured by the Mamelukes in 1291. He was ransomed and went to Spain, where he studied under Solomon AD RET (Rashba). While there, he met the noted cabbalist Moses ben-Shem Tov de LEON, and afterwards suggested that Leon had copied the Zohar from an ancient manuscript attributed to the 2nd-century sage SIMEON BAR-YOHAL. Isaac wrote several books, among them a commentary on NACHMANIDES’ mystical writings; a work on prophecy and mystical revelation; and a commentary on the ancient mystical work, Sefer haYezirah.

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