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Baḥya ben Asher

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    Baḥya ben Asher

    (d. 1320) biblical commentator of Spain. He used the Zohar' s method of distinguishing four levels of meaning in Scripture: peshat(contextual sense), remez(allegorical sense), derash(homiletical sense), and sod(mystical sense). These were known by the acronym pardes.

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