Rabbi Gedalyah Ibn Yechiyah in Shalshelet Hakabbah wrote:

"In the fourth year of the previously mentioned emperor [Trayatzo (/Trajan?)]...there was a noble priest called Eccasia [אכקזיה] and in my opinion, this is Onkelos the Convert, who greatly loved a Jewish woman in the Punic (?) city of Isula and converted and took her as his wife and translated [the Torah] into the Greek language..."

I don't know if I properly translated the text, but does anyone know who this Eccasia/אכקזיה was that the S"H identifies with Onkelos?

  • It is worth pointing out that the Chida considered Shalsheles HaKaballah to be a very unreliable sefer.
    – N.T.
    Dec 2, 2021 at 11:46
  • @N.T. I don't think we need the Chida for that. Nonetheless, I would like to understand who he was referring to.
    – Harel13
    Dec 2, 2021 at 14:26


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