Yosef ben Shlomo ibn ʿAwkal, Nasi, al-Romi

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Yosef ben Shlomo ibn ʿAwkal, Nasi, al-Romi

Also Known As: "Joseph", "Yosef", "Yoseph", "of Cairo", "of Rome", "רבי יוסף מרומי"
Birthdate: (50)
Death: Died in Nasir, Bani Sweif Governorate, Egypt
Cause of death: Crucified
Immediate Family:

Son of Shlomo ben Azariah
Husband of ???? bat Rabbi Nissim Ben Yacov
Father of Binyamin ben Yosef ibn ʿAwkal; Menasseh ben Yosef ibn ʿAwkal; Josiah ben Yosef and Abū ʾl-Surūr Perahya ben ben Yosef ibn ʿAwkal
Brother of Yehudah ben Shlomo

Occupation: rabbi
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About Yosef ben Shlomo ibn ʿAwkal, Nasi, al-Romi

Some sources call him Joseph of Cairo, others call him Joseph of Rome this profile is for Joseph of Rome, Joseph of Cairo is found elsewhere in the tree.

In 1040 he fled to Granada, an independent sultanate in what is now Spain. He took refuge there with Rabbi Yosef ha-Naggid until the latter's murder in 1066. Yosef then traveled north in Christian Spain, into France and Italy, and finally to the Middle East, where he settled at Fustat (Cairo)...then the entire family disappears from records of the Cairo Geniza. This usually happens when there are conversions to Islam or Christianity - and with the entire family disappearing from the Geniza documents we can assume that some converted to Christianity and some converted to Islam...but none were left as members of Rabbinic Jewish Community (at least one is known to adopt Qaraite traditions).

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