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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But as for the sms of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, wherewith he had made Israel to sin, Jehu did not turn away from them, from the golden calves which were m Bethel and which were tn Dan.

Another instance is the passage in Ezra: The remoteness of these frontier settlements from the metropolitan center of Iraq made them practically independent, in both reli- gious and secular matters, from exilarchic and Geonic authority. Therefore it is incumbent upon you who fear the Lord to come to Jerusalem and to dwell in it, in order to hold vigils before the Lord until the day when Jerusalem shall be restored, as it is written: This is also expressed by King David in the verse, 0 Lord our God, how magnificent is thy name.

If he divorces her, he must pay her the full amount ajthology her marriage contract, and he cannot repossess any gift which he has given her.

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Were the eyes amthology their minds open, they would have learned that these things are tools for the 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.

Who can tell, therefore, that sekwi is not such an unlisted unclean bird? He took into consideration the fact that their consti- tution could not bear to hear His natural speech because of its sublimity and exaltation and its dissimilarity from their own language, and He fashioned for them a speech akin to their own, near to their comprehension, acceptable to their understanding, and bearable to their faculties.

Even grammatical varia- tions and alternate usages were presumed to fall under the same category, and the presence or absence of a conjunction or particle, for example, was used by Anan as justification for a new regula- tion.

The verse, Pour down, ye heavens, from above Isa. The reason for all this is that he who is subject to capital punishment comes under the biblical command: We learn thus that the statement about the children of Israel karatie the time of the exile. These form the army of the kings of Ishmael: What, then, is the matter with you, our brethren in Israel, that you are not doing even as much as is the custom of the Gentiles in coming to Jerusalem and praying there, as it is written: Upon thy walls, O Jerusa- lem, have I appointed watchmen.


And I in my exile, bereft of those who would teach me righteousness, have become as a calf karaitee has not been trained to bear the yoke, inasmuch as the shepherds of the exile have not taught me to bear the yoke of the ordinances as set forth in the Law of Moses, but rather have led me astray with an ordinance of men learned by rote Isa.

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We shall explain this as far as we are able, trusting in God for ultimate success. And since it is written of these same people: Thy servant went neither here nor there II Kings 5: Moreover, as has been noted above, the Karaites borrowed much from the Talmud and devel- oped a similar oral tradition of their own.

II ;this being a reference to the kingdom of Ishmael, for with It the Lord broke the staff of the Rabbanites and removed it from over you. In much of what he said he hit upon the truth, but in some instances he did not adhere to the method of analogy; rather he widely deviated from it.

It IS difficult to believe that ahKirkisanl would have deliberately suppressed these particulars, for they ought certainly to have ap- pealed to him as choice bits of damning evidence of Rabbanite wickedness. The Karaite account is that of al-KirkisanI second quarter of the tenth century and reads as follows: Japheth ben Eli is the foremost Karaite commentator on the Bible during the golden age of Karaite literature.

It IS therefore forbidden to us to eat birds, since we are un- able to distinguish unclean birds from clean ones. And they continued at the time of their exile in the sins of Jeroboam, meaning the practices and indulgences which he had introduced in place of, and at variance with, biblical laws; except that at that time the two golden calves were no longer in existence as a pair, since one of them had been seized by Sennacherib, as it is written: Of their remaining books none is significant; most of them merely resemble idle tales.

In addition to the one in al-Ramla, Karaite col- onies were established in Damascus, the capital of Syria, and in Jerusalem, while other Karaite settlers made homes for themselves in Egypt, especially in Caiio.

The gods that have not created heaven and earth shall perish. Now by His exalted and incomparable nature. He composed books and set up his own disciples, and he invented anyhology of his own heart laws which were not good and judgments by which men could not live in righteousness. And these nations did fear the Lord II Kings All these lessons which we have mentioned you must understand, for a man might learn from them the right road to follow in both this world and the next.

The only statement antho,ogy al-Kirkisanl reminiscent of the pseudo-Sa’adian story is the note on the Rabbanite attempt to assassinate Anan; it is so short and cryptic, however, antholohy so sim- ilar to the statement about the Rabbanite plot against Jesus of Nazareth in the same chapter of al-I?


So testify all mankind. Indeed, God has promised to restore this single language and that no other tongue will be spoken, namely, on the advent of the Savior, as it is written: Upon thy walls, 0 Jerusalem, have I appointed watchmen; all day and all night, karaihe, they shall not be silenced; ye who mention the Lord, do ye not cease.

Those who oppose this view say that while it is true in some instances it is not so always; rather. Blessed are those who put thetr trust tn him Ps.

Behold also the gallows. In a series of polemical tracts Sa’adiah proceeded to attack and refute the doctrine and practice of Karaism, and to demonstrate to his own satisfaction that the Kaiaites weie not just harmless deviators to be mildly chided for their error but complete apostates who should be ostracized from the community of Israel.

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. The condemned shall be put to death by two witnesses, or three wit- nesses Deut. In matters of law he was more rigonstic and exacting than other Karaite teachers. Upon feeling the approach of death, he is said to kxraite commanded his followers to inscribe upon his tomb the words: Likewise, Jeremiah wrote to those in exile in Iraq and advised them to speak to the native Nabateans in their own tongue, saying in Aramaic: But in actual fact his teaching, permeated by a strong spirit of monastic asceticism, attracted few adherents and was often sharply criticized by other schismatics.

Having explained the purposes of this scroll, we shall proceed to expound the meaning of each verse in a concise yet sufficient manner, according to what we have learned fiom our preceptors and what we have discovered by following the principles of exegesis that they have taught us. antholovy

And do ye not give him rest Isa. The same thing is shown by the passage, the skilled workmen, they are of mere mankind; let them all be gathered together, let them stand up Isa. It, too, shall be carried to Assyria, for a present to the King Contentious. How long wilt thou wander about, 0 backsliding daughter, say- ing, I will not go to Jerusalem, to the seat of the Lord?

This account was written not before the first quarter of the tenth cen- tury; indeed it is more likely, as anyhology above, that it originated much later. Thus, Scripture says, confirming the validity of the antthology of reason: