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Author Frank, Daniel, 1955-

Title Search Scripture well : Karaite exegetes and the origins of the Jewish Bible commentary in the Islamic East / by Daniel Frank
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xv, 374 pages)
Series Etudes sur le judaïsme médiéval, 0169-815X ; t. 29
Études sur le judaïsme médiéval ; t. 29. 0169-815X
Contents Unclean Birds and Tassels: Indeterminacy and Halakhic Exegesis -- Interpreting Dreams and Scriptures -- "The Voice of the Turtledove": Interpreting the Song of Songs -- The Shoshannim and Their Liturgy: Exegesis, Prayer, and Communal Identity -- A Prophet Like Moses: Exegesis As Religious Polemic -- Epilogue: On the Origins of the Jewish Bible Commentary in the Islamic East Judeo-Arabic Texts
Summary The Jewish Bible commentary was created in the Islamic East during the tenth century by scholars seeking a rational, systematic approach to Scripture. Among its earliest champions were the Karaites, scripturalists who denied rabbinic authority. Seeking to restore Judaism to its biblical roots, they wrote numerous commentaries in Judeo-Arabic. Through the investigation of key topics, this book traces the contours of early Karaite biblical exegesis. Subjects covered include: halakhic indeterminacy; dream interpretation; the Song of Songs as salvation history; Psalms exegesis as liturgical commentary; and inter-religious polemics. The exegetes discussed include Ya'qub al-Qirqisani, Salmon b. Yeruhim, Sahl b. Masliah, and above all, Japheth b. Eli. Extensive selections from unpublished manuscripts are presented in English translation and the original Judeo-Arabic
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-350) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Japheth ben Ali, ha-Levi, active 10th century.
Japheth ben Ali, ha-Levi, active 10th century
Yefet ben ʻAli ha-Leṿi.
SUBJECT Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish -- History -- To 1500
Bible. Old Testament fast
Bibel Altes Testament gnd
Subject Karaites -- Palestine
Karaites -- Iraq
Karaite manuscripts.
RELIGION -- Biblical Criticism & Interpretation -- Old Testament.
Karaite manuscripts
Oude Testament.
Middle East -- Palestine
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1429408154