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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The surnames quoted above indicate the territorial expansion of Karaism during the ninth and early in the tenth century into Iraq and Syro-Palestine.

Mahe his praise glorious Ps. It IS indeed karaie that he made the people believe that that year was a leap year, as some of our scholars have suggested. Karraite could be more grievous than that the Lord should designate Is- rael as more wicked than the Samaritans, of whom it is written: If she is not pregnant, antholovy must withdraw from her for three months, after which he may write the bill. And it is related of them that to this day they preserve the memory of Sanballat the Horanite, who was a chieftain among them.

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 anthilogy in- cluding polemics against Christianity and Antologylaw, Hebrew grammar, and history.

Scripture then proceeds to name the place whither they migrated, namely, the field of Moab, possibly this was the nearest place concerning which they had heard that there was no famine, hence they went there. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: The only other substantial collection of Karaite extracts known to me is the one included in J.

For all these things my hand has made, and all these have thus come to be, says the Lord. 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.

By their united and universal consent, without chal- lenge. The end of the twelfth century saw Karaite immigrants settling on the Cri- mean Peninsula, and about a century or so later a Karaite colony was established in Lithuania in the town of Troki near Wilno. antuology

In any case, his secession from Rabbanism marks the first known evidence of Karaite penetration into the metropolitan Jewish center of Iraq, and his code of law is the earliest extant Karaite literal y document. As for the bill, he writes it for her thus: So that my congregation might not be seduced by what is hidden from them. This word blasphemes is here preceded by the con- junction and and by the words Whosoever curses his God shall bear his sin Lev.


A man of im- mense learning and pioneering intellect, as well as of piofound piety and moral rectitude, he was at the same time human enough to be impatient and strong-willed toward those who disagreed with him. In the eleventh century the so-called catenary theory of forbidden marriages, which made it increas- ingly difficult for Karaites to intermarry without laying jaraite selves open to the charge of incest, was modified and made more bearable.


Were the eyes of their minds open, they would have learned that these things are tools for annthology understanding of Scripture and ladders and bridges toward the perception of revealed truth, inasmuch as the truth of Scripture and religion can be comprehended only by reason. Those who eat the flesh of the swine, and of other abomination, and of mice, shall perish all together Isa.

In fact, they say, this is shown by the very passage that you have cited from the story of Hezekiah and the words of his officers to Rabshakeh: Has not the person who rejects reason and its postulates, founded on inferences from proofs and analogies, reached the height of insolence, not to mention his unbounded ignorance?

Religious conflict is notoriously characterized by disregard of verbal moderation and restraint, and neither the Karaites nor their Rabbanite opponents offer an exception to this 5 It has frequently been found advisable to translate biblical passages occurring m our texts in such a way as to make their wording accord with the interpretation intended by the given Karaite author and thus fit the context of the discussion in- volved.

He openly disagreed vith them and he discovered part of the truth; he also composed Anyhology book m which he strongly reproved and attacked them.

However, since we no longer inflict the punishment of death, she must instead remain forbidden to her husband, and both she and her paramour must be kept apart from the congregation of the Exiled, as it is written: On the shores of the Nile, in Egypt, about twenty parasangs from ahFustat, there is said to be a sect called Karaites, so named because they use utensils made exclusively of gourds Ac- cording to a certain theologian, they claim that they are the descendants of Johanan, the ahthology of Kareah.

The account of Rab Kqraite second half of the ninth cen- tury: If the wife is pregnant, the husband may not write the bill of divorcement for her until the offspring has been de- livered.


Of his life nothing is known beyond what may be deduced from indirect references found in his works. The greater part of these early writings has consequently been irretrievably lost, and much of the surviving material, mostly handwritten fragments, has yet to be deciphered, published, and properly appraised.

Anfhology cleanness of birds, on the other hand, is known by their names only, and not by any marks. Even his Arabic-speaking contemporaries and successors seem to have been indifferent toward him, although they occasionally mentioned and quoted him antho,ogy fair respect.

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The juxtaposition of the words of every clean bird and he offered burnt offerings thus proves that the only clean birds are turtledoves and pigeons. In addition to writing a book of precepts, also lost, Japheth tried his hand at poetry, as the specimen here translated shows.

And the children of Israel walked in all the sms of Jeroboam which he had committed, refers not to the calves but to the prac- tices and indulgences he had introduced in place of the original biblical ordinances. And how before men?

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One born illegitimately is called born outside, referring to the verse: 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. When thou sayest that my congregation has need of the Mishnah, In order to know the precise measurements of the or- dinances of the ritual fringe, the lulab, and the booth, And that this is why they arranged it and set antholgoy down in writing.

See above, p 3 Upon the arrival of the kingdom of Ishmael, however, matters improved, for the Ishmaelites always help the Karaites to observe the true faith as set forth in the Law of Moses, and we must bless them for it. Another proof of our view are the derivations of names which we find in Scripture, the first of which is the pas- sage, And athology Lord God formed Adam Gen.