“The One who Defeats the Power of the Stars”: Medieval Exegetics in Polish-Lithuanian Karaite Zemirot

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Early in its development, Karaite Judaism became known for its emphasis on the art of biblical exegesis. This article introduces late representatives of this long-standing tradition: exegetical terms and references in paraliturgical Hebrew poetry (zĕmīrōt) by early modern Karaites in Poland-Lithuania. These poems, which were transmitted in many Eastern European manuscripts, were published in nineteenth-century Karaite siddūrīm. Their authors represent the upper echelon of Polish-Lithuanian Karaite society, referred to in contemporaneous sources as creative scholars, busy merchants, and dynamic leaders of their communities. This study examines phrases and techniques that link these poems to medieval Karaite and Rabbanite commentaries through analyses of select examples from these zĕmīrōt. Its findings echo earlier research on Karaite education in Eastern Europe: Polish-Lithuanian Karaites were conversant in the language of medieval exegetes, embraced many of their views on science and philosophy, and advocated the veracity of Karaite interpretations of the Hebrew Bible.© 2017 Koninklijke Brill NV.

Titel på gästpublikationExegesis and Poetry in Medieval Karaite and Rabbanite Texts : Karaite Texts and Studies
RedaktörerElisabeth Hollender, Joachim Yeshaya
Antal sidor21
ISBN (tryckt)9789004335110
ISBN (elektroniskt)9789004334786
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnKaraite Texts and Studies


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