The commentary on the book of Esther by Salmon b. Yeruḥam represents the oldest extant Karaite commentary on Esther and the second-oldest Jewish commentary on the book after that of Saadia Gaon, Salmon’s older contemporary. Salmon’s exegesis, while grounded in the driving Karaite ethos of intense Scripturalism, reflects at the same time an even-handed openness (often downplayed in previous scholarship) to Rabbanite (including midrashic-talmudic) exegetical tradition where it both conforms to the strictures of rational analysis and serves to promote his homiletical goals. With respect to the book of Esther, these goals center upon the presentation of Esther as a prescriptive model of Jewish life in Exile—particularly as represented in the early Karaite ethos and constitutional triumvirate of confidence in God’s covenant-based solicitude, continual introspection (even self-criticism) and mourning over the exile, and the messianically-charged call to return to Zion.
From Persia with Love
In The Genizah Psalms David M. Stec presents an edition of the Hebrew text of MS 798 of the Antonin Collection together with an English translation, introduction, commentary and analysis of language.
Michael Toch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Economic History of European Jews offers a radical revision of demographics and economics. It explains how the presence of Jews was a limited one and their trade was just that, trade by Jews, not “Jewish Trade”.
Efraim Lev, Haifa University and Leigh Chipman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The manuscripts of the Cairo Genizah are a unique source for medieval medical history. In this study, Lev and Chipman offer an insight into the everyday practical medicine of medieval Egypt, as revealed by the prescriptions in the Genizah.
Edited by Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University and Arturo Prats, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The articles of this volume present instantiations of the Hebrew Bible’s deployment in textual and visual forms by Iberian Jewish, Christian and converso exegetes, translators, philosophers, artists, and literary authors between the anti-Jewish riots of 1391 and the Expulsion of 1492.
The responsa in the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection (10th–18th century) offer a vivid window into Jewish social and legal history, wherein one discovers the rich facets of the private and public life of the medieval and early-modern Jewish community.
Through the analysis of transcribed verbal testimonies of the Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century a vision of Jewish Ottoman life as well as a deep understanding of the development of Judeo-Spanish can be appreciated.
This book studies verbal morphological theories expressed in medieval Karaite grammars of Biblical Hebrew, in particular Kitāb al-ʿUqūd fī Taṣārīf al-Luġa al-ʿIbrāniyya. Furthermore, it examines Karaite approaches to the verbal classification and didactic tools used in Karaite pedagogical grammars.
Edited, translated and annotated by Shlomo Sela
This volume offers the first critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of seven astrological treatises by Abraham Ibn Ezra: the Book of Elections (3 versions); the Book of Interrogations (3 versions); and the Book of the Luminaries.
edited by Wout van Bekkum and Naoya Katsumata
This volume presents fifteen essays in honor of Joseph Yahalom on a variety of subjects, mainly in the field of Hebrew (liturgical) poetry, poetics, and literature from the early Byzantine period to the Middle Ages.
Mordechai Z. Cohen
This study highlights the contributions of the great philosopher-talmudist Moses Maimonides to the rationalist, “plain sense” (peshat) tradition of Jewish Bible exegesis, assessing his place in the Geonic-Andalusian school and showing how he harnessed Greco-Arabic learning to open new ...
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