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PROPHECIES OF ZECHARIAH.
TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW.
WITH NOTES, AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE PASSAGES
BY THE REV. A. M'CAUL, A.M.,
OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.
THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL,
A NATION NOT MORE REMARKABLE
THE CALAMITIES WHICH THEY HAVE SURVIVED,
A GENIUS AND LOVE OF LEARNING
WHICH THOSE CALAMITIES COULD NEVER SUBDUE,
ONE OF THEIR COMMENTARIES V'>r^V<./
Rabbi David Kimchi, commonly called by the Jews from the three initial letters p"Ti RaDaK, was probably born at Narbonne, where his father lived.* Relandf considers it doubtful, because, in his printed and manuscript works, he calls himself, "David, the son of Joseph, the son of Kimchi the Spaniard," whereas Narbonne is in France. But the vicinity to Spain, and the fact that his family was Spanish, and that he himself was altogether identified with the Spanish school of Hebrew learning, would fully warrant this title. J But, however that be, it is certain that his life and labours present an interesting incident in the literary history of an eventful period.
* Jost (in his Geschichte der Israelite!), vol. vi. 104) says unhesitatingly, that he was bocn there, but the only authority which he gives is that of Wolfius, who does not speak so positively.
t Vila celeb. Rab. p. 81, 82, in his Analecta.
£ Wolfius, in his account of Joseph Kimchi, the father, says, " Hispanus, Narbonae, quae turn temporis Hispanis parebat."—Bibliothec. Heb. part i. p. 562.