Monis, Judah

(1683-1764)
   American Hebraist. He is believed to have been born in Algiers or Italy. He was educated in Livorno and Amsterdam, and later settled in the US, where he was admitted as a freeman of New York in 1715. In 1722 he was baptized in the hall of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the same year he was appointed instructor of Hebrew at the college. His essays are an apology for, and a defence of, his new faith.

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