Renewal and Tradition in Devout Hebrew Poetry: The Case of the Early Modern Karaites in Poland-Lithuania

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The article discusses the manifestations of religious renewal in devout Karaite Hebrew poetry written in Poland-Lithuania in the early modern period. While this type of Hebrew poetry is entrenched in tradition and derivative in nature, certain innovative elements appear both in the wordings and in the performance of Karaite Hebrew poetry during the early modern period. Alluding, for example, to new Sabbath rituals, the poems reflect the influence of popular mysticism on Karaite ideology. Hebrew poetry also indicates slight changes in the societal status of Karaite women as well as an increase in the use of the vernacular.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Karaites
  • Karaite Judaism
  • Hebrew poetry
  • 6122 Literature studies

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