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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Karalte Merciful One has ordered us to perform His precepts with awe and reverence, as it is written: In the former, the rapacious and bigoted rule of the Mameluke dynasty, which held sway over Egypt down to the Turkish conquest in a. These three mild reforms constitute the total changes introduced and generally accepted during the entire course of Karaite history.

Yet his style is, on the whole, fluent and easily understood, and the epistle makes interesting and informative reading. He made the earth the abode of His presence and of His servants whom He has honored with His choice, as it is writ- ten heaven is my throne, and the earth ts my footstool.

This cannot apply to the husband, since the words a second time and had been made unclean cannot possibly refer to him, for he never as yet had any carnal knowledge of her.

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And these ye shall hold in abomination from among the birds. And they lack the formula: Now there was nothing inside the Ark but the Law, as it is written: Blessed be thou, and blessed be thy discre- tion I Sam.

In the Balkan Peninsula, on the other hand, particularly at Constantinople, Karaite learning flourished, and scholars trained at the Academy in Jerusalem produced not only works of their own but also Hebrew translations of Karaite classics originally written in Arabic, thus making accessible to later generations, unfamiliar with the Arabic language, the prin- cipal products of the golden age of Karaite literature.

Another proof of our view are the derivations of names which we find in Scripture, the first of which is the pas- sage, And the Lord God formed Adam Gen.

Thus, when the Creator wished to describe Himself to the ef- fect that nothing visible is hidden from Him, He described Him- self as provided with eyes, because men are familiar with the sense of sight and know from their own experience that its seat is the member of the body which is the eye, not because He really is provided with bodily members.

It will be the task of future research to discover why a movement so promising and fruitful m its youth should have been converted by unyielding resistance to progress into a barren organism, and why Karaism, unlike Rabbanism, proved unable to produce leaders of sufficient vision and foresight to guide the sect toward a more enduring and creative continuity.


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 it down in writing. And Phataoh said, Who is the Lord that I should hearken unto hts voice? Thereupon Anan was seized with a wicked zeal — he and with him all manner of evil and worthless men from among the remnants of the sect of Zadok and Boethus; they set up a dissident sect — in secret, for fear of the Moslem government which was then m power — and they appointed Anan their own exilarch.

The Rabbanites tried their utmost to assassinate Anan, but God prevented them from doing so. Antholoyy may, however, be mterpreted also allegorically, the products of the sun meaning the bounty of this world and of its cultivation which yields crops from karwite to year, the year being the time of a single circling by the sun around the celestial sphere; nathology the produce of the moons would signify the bounty of the time of the Messiah, when crops and fruits will ripen from month to month, the month being the time of a single circling by the moon around laraite celestial sphere, as it is written: The result of the reseaich and teaching done at these academies was a vast body of new oral tradition built up in exposition and elaboration of the Mishnah and to provide for new conditions and new situations that had not been covered m the biblical and mish- naic legislation.

He who commits one of the aforementioned offenses which we can no longer judge, or he upon whom sentence has been passed and who refuses to submit to it, must be ostiacized in the same way as the person subject to capital punishment, since inasmuch as he has committed one of these acts against his fellow man or has not submitted to his sentence he has become a malefactor, as it is written: If they come out for peace, seize them alive I Kings This Fabian policy karalte his predeces- sors found no favor at all in the eyes of Sa’adiah.

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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. Moreover, their foiccd estrangement from the Rabbanite community meant the closing of the only missionary field open to them and the collapse of the hope that their teaching would ultimately be accepted by all of Jewry.

A similar case is the verse, And for the bounty of the products of the sun. His teaching shows that he was diligent in following the biblical text stiictly, as well as in making deductions from it or from the results of inference based upon two premises and a conclusion, the latter being a method inter- mediate between that of pure analogy and that of strict adherence to the biblical text.


With the help of Him who causes men atnhology become rich as well as poor. Because he has signed it away on the assumption of his imminent death, and yet he did not die. Does not the ear test words? Except for the cases enumerated above, all other cases in law may be judged in the Dispersion.

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The first of them to be recorded was Simeon, whom they call Simeon the Righteous; they say that he was one of the remaining members of the Anthologg Synagogue. I intend [not to leave anything], special or general, in the way of questions raised by various persons [without mentioning and explaining it].

And the witnesses of her divorce are So- and-so, the son of So-and-so, and So-and-so, the son of So-and-so. The embryonic state of Karaite studies and the difficulties attending them have attracted few students to this field, and karatie fact that the largest collection of early Karaite manuscripts ksraite under Soviet jurisdiction, in the State Public Library at Leningrad, makes access to it very difficult for Western historians, while their Rus- sian colleagues, with one or two exceptions, prefer other fields of research.

The only other substantial collection of Karaite extracts known to me is the one included in Anfhology. I Davidson New York,p xiii. They comprise the following: As for the words unto God, they mean that the litigants should go to the men who engage in the work of God, as it is written: 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.

Testify to the sanctity of the written Law, all of them, the little and the great. For their own religious platform the Jewish frontiersmen had a ready-made example — the ancient and never entiiely suppressed opposition lepresented in earlier times by the Sadducee faction to the validity of postbiblical law based on oral tradition and codified m the Talmud, and to the authority of its official administrators and interpreters in Iraq.

I have surely heard Ephraim — Ephraim signifying Israel — moving to and fro; i. A number of people accepted his teaching, and a group professing it exists there to the present day. We therefore resort to signs, hints, and noises which make known our wishes, such as whistling, bleating, and various other sounds produced by movement of the vocal organs. There are, however, some passages in Scrip- ture which appear to refute it; e. Rather, the real cause of his innovations was, as we have said above, his apprehension lest the kingdom should be lost to him.