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Abraham Firkowicz: introduction to Sep̄er Massa u-Mriḇa
Abraham Firkowicz: introduction to Sep̄er Massa u-Mriḇa

Author(s): Veronika Klimova
Subject(s): Jewish Thought and Philosophy, History of Judaism, Other Language Literature
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Massa u-Mriḇa; Karaite-Rabinic polemic; Firkowicz; Biblical Hebrew

Summary/Abstract: The article is a contribution to studies of Karaite literature in Eastern Europe. It presents an introduction to Massa u-Mriḇa written by the best known Karaite scholar Abraham Firkowicz (1786–1874). The author is engaged in a prolonged polemic against the Rabbanites who claimed Talmud to be an oral explanation of the laws God gave to Moses. He refers to the history of the Karaites and emphasizes a frequent misunderstanding of their origin as they are incorrectly identified with Sadducees. Firkowicz does not hesitate to level harsh criticism and utilizes his Biblical lexicon in defending the purity of Karaite faith.

  • Issue Year: 263/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 505-518
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English