Karaite Exegesis in Medieval Jerusalem
The Judeo-Arabic Pentateuch Commentary of Yusuf Ibn & Abu al-Faraj Harun
[English & Hebrew]

By Miriam Goldstein
December 2011
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161509728
239 pages
$197.50 Hardcover

Miriam Goldstein examines the Pentateuch commentary, in the late tenth century by Yoosuf ibn Nuh, a leader of the Karaite community of scholars in Jerusalem, written and later revised by his student Abu al-Faraj Harun was. The author explores the historical context and reception of the book and also analyzes the exegetical method employed here. This is a combination of traditional Jewish interpretation techniques and Arab-influenced Islamic practices. Based on its investigation, the author provides a general introduction to the Karaite Jewish-Arab school of design (10th and 11th century), which is an important link between the traditional rabbinic literature and Jewish biblical exegesis in Europe.


Texts & Studies in Medieval & Early Modern Judaism No. 26


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