KARAITE ANTHOLOGY Excerpts from the Early Literature TRANSLATED FROM ARABIC, ARAMAIC, AND HEBREW SOURCES WITH NOTES BY LEON. Karaite Anthology. Edited and translated by Le. Yale University Press. Pp. xxvi, (Yale Judaica Series. Volume vii). This book marks the first attempt in. Results 1 – 30 of 39 Karaite Anthology: Excerpts from the Early Literature by Nemoy, Leon (ed.0 and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles.

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Their words have become void and meaningless. In order to remove the stumbhng block, and to clear the path of stones, So that the flock of Israel would not go astray into the waterless desert of heresy. Nevertheless his commentaries enjoyed great favor and exerted a powerful influence upon later Karaite exegetes and also upon the Rabbanite, including among the latter no less an authority than Abraham ibn Ezra twelfth century.

Both kingdoms were thus carried into exile, while they held on to these practices of Jeroboam, and they were scattered all over the world still persisting in them and transmitting them from one generation kkaraite the other until the present day. If anything relating to judgment should puzzle thee Deut. The only exception is the large extract from the Karaite prayer book, in which the omission of the POSM material would have made it difficult to present a fair picture of the unity and charm of the Karaite marriage service.

Salmon anthloogy self speaks of writing an Arabic version also, probably in prose, for the general reading public who would have found his Hebrew style much too difficult, but no part of it has so far been discovered.

First We must know that our prophet and master Moses was the one who wrote the Pentateuch, from its beginning in Genesis to its end. Thus we are compelled to say that the verse, And they saw the God of Israel. Antholoogy have surely heard Ephraim — Ephraim signifying Israel — moving to and fro; i. Likewise, when He wished to let them know that no sound is veiled from Him, He described Himself as provided with ears, because among men sounds are perceived by the sense of hearing.

We therefore resort to signs, hints, and noises which make known our wishes, such as anthologt, bleating, and various other sounds produced by movement of the vocal organs. This was the province of the rabbinical academies, especially of the two major seats of learn- ing m the cities of Sura and Pumbeditha.

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It tells us also the genealogy of King David, that he was a descendant of Boaz and a scion of Perez, the son of the Patriarch Judah. A number of people accepted his teaching, and a group professing kraite exists there to the present day. Some of his partisans, however, say that he was not killed but rather entered a fissure in a mountain, and nothing has been heard of him ever since.


Is It not for karaihe, too, to sit m grief for seven days, like a mourner? It IS safe to say that by remaining in the Rabbanite fold Anan would have been much better off materially than he was as the leader of a small and impoverished band of ascetics.

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If a sick man has signed away a gift to one person and sub- sequently changed his mind and signed it away to another per- son, the second person has the right to it while the first person has none, because so long as the gift has not passed into the karaife possession of the one or the other it remains the property of the original owner, who may assign and give it to whomsoever he wishes. For this IS so in the wisdom of all mankind. Karatie Hebrew language is the primordial tongue in which God addressed Adam and other prophets.

The po- litical and economic decay of the Persian Empire during the sixth and seventh centuries intensified the rnisciy of this major com- ponent of the Antholovy community and produced in many minds a conviction that their situation was despciatc and could not be en- dured very much longer.

Such, for example, is the biblical story of Pharaoh saying: And he shall cause them to rule over many, since the army of war rules over the multitude of the population in every direc- tion, And he shall divide the land for a price, referring to the tribute and antholgoy gifts which tax farmers give to kings to buy the tax revenue of provinces. Anthopogy names of his two sons are given so as to indicate that Ruth was the wife of Mahlon.

And they do not follow from thy words and thy worth- less traditions. Every conclusion arrived at by the use of reason or obtained through research or demanded by logical proof he readily accepted.

Nevertheless, the final cleavage between the two camps sealed the fate of Karaism as far as its future expansion was concerned.

Few of the regulations contained in these extracts have any clear basis in the biblical text; at best, some may be deduced from it by means of farfetched exegesis. You will have no valid excuse before the Lord if you do not return today to the Law of the Lord and to His ordinances as prescribed in it, because since the be- ginning of the Exile, in the days of the kingdom of the Greeks, the Romans, and the Magians, the Rabbanites held the oiffices of princes and judges, and those who sought the Law could not even open their mouths in behalf of the oidinanccs of the Lord for fear of the Rabbanites who were [ruling over them].

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The commentaries themselves are detailed and uni- form and comprise not only a thorough explanation of the sacred text but also occasional excursuses on problems of theology in- cluding polemics against Christianity and Islamlaw, Hebrew grammar, and history. When all these passages are turned into another language their alphabetical arrangement is broken.

His rigorism led him to postulate the principle that the rules of rhetoric and literary style cannot lawfully be ap- plied to the Bible, and that when the biblical text seemingly ex- presses the same idea in different words or uses several synonyms to designate the same object or action some new meaning, or shade of meaning, must be implied, indicating a modification or amplifica- tion of the particular rule or ordinance. The second husband need do nothing, since his union with her was sheer adultery, inasmuch as betrothal, wedding, and consumma- tion of marriage cannot apply to a woman already married.

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And how before men? In the days of the Gaon Yehudai there lived Anan and his son Saul. Why, then, did you write it down in ornate script? Blessed art thou, O Lord, teach me thy laws Ps. This is specifi- cally the case in the karalte from Japheth ben Eh who gives his own Arabic rendering of the Book of Ruth, instead of quoting the Hebrew text and from Moses of Damascus where violence has to be done to the biblical quotations to make them fit karaire context.

The reason for anthokogy IS that the presence kkaraite a child within a woman becomes cer- tain in three months from the time of conception, as it karalte written: Even if we had no other evidence of the existence of the study of philosophy among the children of Israel than that which has just been set forth, it would have been most decisive; how much more so when Scripture mentions similar things in numerous other places, some of which we have quoted there. Scripture as a whole is to be interpreted literally, except where literal interpretation may involve something objec- tionable or imply a contradiction.

Possibly some physical encounter or some rankling rebuff ad- ministered by Sa’adiah to the young Salmon caused the latter to become not only a zealous religious opponent but also a bitter per- sonal enemy of his illustrious Rabbanite contemporary.