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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Such highly complicated subjects as calendar, ritual cleanness, He- brew grammar and lexicography have been excluded, even though they are of great importance for the specialist in this field. Since karate philosophical postulates, too, are built upon rational deductions based in their turn upon the knowledge of things per- ceived by the human senses and logical axioms, he who rejects rational and philosophical opinions thereby denies all data posited by cogitation or sense perception.

A Rabbanitc scholar who lived about the same time. Near the end of the thirteenth century the codification of the official Karaite prayer book marked the revocation of the ancient rule that prayer must consist solely of biblical quotations.

Let us therefore begin with the explanation of the meaning of In the beginning Gen. In a majestic display of prophets, of signs, and of mir- acles; Yet all this majestic beauty we do not see in the whole Mishnah. That is why It is associated with his name in more than one place as his Law, for it is said concerning it: The next words, and let the skies pour down righteousness Isa.

Anan had a younger brother named Hananiah. This is impossible; rather each one of them must have spoken in his own tongue, but his speech was recounted in the language of Scripture. Upon feeling the approach of death, he is said to have commanded his followers to inscribe upon his tomb the words: The phrase, the husband of Naomi, coming after the state- ment, and the name of his wife was Naomi, is to show that he neither divorced her nor married any other women.

The wife may not, however, make gifts or sales out of both kinds of such property without her husband’s permission.

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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: Thus we see Scrip- ture quoting in its own tongue copious sayings of persons of other nations, yet we perforce know that these persons spoke in their native languages.


The account of Rab Amram second half of the ninth cen- tury: It IS written further and he shall write for her a writ of cutting off, meaning that he is to write for her a deed which makes separation between him and her complete. So that Israel might know what part of what amount they are to give.

The same applies to the case of a bailee who has been engaged to keep money or utensils and has lost them by theft- The reason for it is this: The reason is not far to seek: This is supported by the fact that ever since Joseph was separated from him Scripture mentions no occasion on which God addressed him, and that at the time of his setting out on the journey to Egypt he was addressed by the Lord once again.

Da’ud ibn Marwan al-Rakki, known as al-Mukammis, has written a fine book containing a commentary on Genesis, which he translated from the commentaries of the Syrians. Although few of the Geonim were truly outstanding personalities in the way of creative thought, their im- print upon Jewish life was most profound and lasting, for they applied the finishing touches to the recognition of talmudic law as the guiding rule of Jewish religious and social life.

Just as we no longer pass judgments relating to eye, tooth, hand, and foot, so also we can no longer pass judgments for burns, wounds, and welts.

Of their remaining books none is significant; most of them merely resemble idle tales. Who can tell, therefore, that sekwi is not such an anthklogy unclean bird? If a debtor has sent money by a messenger to his creditor, in order to pay off his debt, and this money has suffered damage in transit, he is not free from responsibility for any damage what- soever, and he must repay the creditoi in full. It shall bring forth new fruit according to its months Ezek.

Now by His exalted and incomparable nature. Come, make for us a god Exod. Now m this one thing he has fallen down and cannot stand up: Is wisdom with the aged?

Since the visibility of the moon varies in dillcrent localities, there could be no unifoimity in the dates of the several annual holidays ob- served by Karaite communities in various countries. If he has reserved any- thing for himself, however, to the effect that if he should recover it is to remain in his possession, he cannot retract his donation, and his karaote remains a gift in perpetuity, whether he dies or re- 26 KARAITE ANTHOLOGY covers, inasmuch as the reservation proves that he had made the gift not solely because of his expected death.


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As a result, the Kaiaite and Rabbanite holidays, including the most. In this, however, he was disappointed.

Like other young faiths, Karaism in its early period developed an intense missionary eiEEort, and travel- ing Karaite preachers went from town to town and from province to province exhorting Rabbanite audiences — Kzraite did not seek converts among non-Jews, at least as far as we know— but apparently with little actual success.

The honor of supplying a pioneer manual of non-Rabbanite theology fell to a learned and cultured Iraqi of aristocratic Rabbanite descent named Anan kaaite David who flourished in the seventh decade of the eighth century. 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.

And if he do not fulfill these three for her, she shall go free Exod. Here, too, the evidence is rather scanty kataite needs fuither ampli- fication. The condemned shall be put to death by two witnesses, or three wit- nesses Deut.

Because the marks of unclean beasts differ from those of clean beasts, whereas the mark of many a clean bird is like that of an unclean one; that is why He listed the unclean birds by their names, and not by their marks. Others are diicctly taken from Rabbanite law or aie formulated in imitation of it. Even if she has married successively a hundred men, it is all null and void, being sheer adultery, since until she receives a bill of divorce- ment from her first husband she remains in his domain and is forbidden to anyone else.

He karait not dimmish her food, raiment, and cohabitation. 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.

Therefore says the Lord: This is a powerful proof of the baselessness of their claim, and a silencer for kataite insolence. A man is obligated to feed and provide for his sons and daughters; the sons, until they become proficient in the Law and in a profession, as it is written.

They are certainly karwite from ex- haustive, for a full comparative examination of such matters karaige beyond the scope of this anthology and outside the field of my studies.

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