Karaite Judaism. A guide to its history and literary sources by Meira Polliack

By Meira Polliack

Karaism is a Jewish spiritual stream of a scripturalist and messianic nature, which emerged within the heart a long time within the components of Persia-Iraq and Palestine and has maintained its targeted and sundry types of id and lifestyles till the current day, present process resurgent cycles of creativity, inside of its significant geographical centres of the Middle-East, Byzantium-Turkey, the Crimea and jap Europe. This consultant to Karaite experiences includes thirty-seven chapters which disguise all of the major parts of medieval and sleek Karaite historical past and literature, together with geographical and chronological subdivisions, and targeted sections dedicated to the background of analysis, manuscripts and printing, in addition to exact bibliographies, index and illustrations. The gigantic quantity displays the present nation of scholarship during this quickly growing to be sub-field of Jewish stories, as analysed via a global group of specialists and taught in numerous universities all through Europe, Israel and the us.

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I, New Haven, 1936; II, New Haven, 1945. , 7he Emergence qf Jewish-Arabic Literary Contacts at the Beginning qf the Tenth Century, Tel-Aviv, 1988 [in Hebrew]. , 7he Study qf the Art qf Correct Reading as Riflected in the Medieval Treatise Hidayat al-Qgri, Jerusalem, 1994 [in Hebrew]. , "Abraham Firkovich and the Cairo Genizas in the Light of His Personal Archives", Pe'amim, 90 (2002), pp. 51-95 [in Hebrew]. " Cathedra 42 (1987), pp. 54-68 [in Hebrew]. , Palestine During the First Muslim Period (634-1099), I-III, Tel-Aviv, 1983 [in Hebrew].

Petersburg. In this capacity, he examined the collections that the Library acquired from the heirs of Firkovich. It should be noted that these collections contained many non-Karaite texts and manuscripts, not least among them very old Bible codices. As in the case of Firkovich's epigraphic findings, the authenticity of the manuscript collections soon became the focus of very lively scholarly debates. , Hermann Strack), suspected that Firkovich had tampered with the text of these manuscripts, particularly the colophons, in order to make them look older than they really were.

Karaites in Byzantium: the Formative Years 970-1100, New York, 1959. , Rabbi Yapheth Ben Heli Bassorensis Karaitae in liberorum Psalmorum Commentarii Arabici, Paris, 1846. - - , Rabbi Yapheth Abou A[y in Canticum Canticarum Commentarium Arabicum, Paris, 1884. ). , "Firkovich's second collection: Remarks on historical and halakhic material", Jewish Studies 31 (1991), pp. 47-67 [in Hebrew]. ) terms see my essay "Karaites and the Orient", esp. pp. 5-7. 40 This is especially true in Israel, where the majority of "traditional" Karaites live today.

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