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Elijah ben Baruch Yerushalmi

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Author(s): Daniel Frank
Elijah ben Baruch ben Solomon ben Abraham Yerushalmi (ca. 1620–before 1712) was a Karaite author, copyist, and communal leader born in Istanbul. Like other Turkish and Crimean sectarians, he studied both Karaite and Rabbanite Hebrew texts. In his youth, he traveled to Jerusalem, garnering the honorific Yerushalmi (Jerusalemite), and there copied old sectarian manuscripts. He subsequently emigrated to the Crimea, where he resided for several decades before making a final pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1696. O…

Bible Exegesis

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Author(s): Mordechai Cohen | Judit Targarona | Daniel Frank | Frank Weigelt
1. Rabbanite Jewish scholarship in Muslim lands was deeply enriched by its absorption of Arabic and Greco-Arabic learning, which included grammar and philology, poetics, hermeneutics, history, science, and philosophy, all of which contributed profoundly to forging substantially new methods of biblical interpretation. While Scripture had long been central in Judaism, earlier interpretation was dominated by creative midrashic ways of rewriting the Bible, which by the Muslim period had been consolida…
Date: 2016-10-21