This volume contains a critical edition and an introduction to the Arabic translation and commentary on the book of Proverbs by one of the most acclaimed, innovative, and prolific exegetes of the Karaite “Golden Age” (10th-11th centuries), Yefet ben ‘Eli ha-Levi. Yefet’s commentary on Proverbs attests to his rationalistic and revisionist ideology and to his egalitarian approach. His work is an invaluable link in the history of interpretation of the book of Proverbs. This edition is accompanied by an introduction including a thorough study of Yefet’s style of writing compared with the Arabic model of his time, his hermeneutic devices contrasted with those of Saadiah Gaon and midrash, his theology in light of the doctrines of Islamic Mu‘tazila, and his polemics against various groups.
Ilana Sasson Z"l, Ph.D. (2010), The Jewish Theological Seminary, and post-doctoral research fellow at Tel-Aviv University (2012-2014), teaches religion and Hebrew Bible at Sacred Heart University, CT. She has contributed several encyclopedic entries to the
Textual History of the Bible (Brill 2015), and to the
Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (forthcoming). She has also published several articles on Karaite hermeneutics, masorah, theology, gender equality, and the concept of the mudawwin in various scholarly journals.
Table of contents
Signs and Sigla
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Chapter One. Introduction
Chapter Two. Style of Writing and Manner of Presentation
Chapter Three. Hermeneutics
Chapter Four. Theology
Chapter Five. Polemics
Chapter Six. Manuscripts Employed for the Edition
PART II: EDITION: YEFET BEN ᴄELĪ’S TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY ON PROVERBS
All interested in Jewish Studies. More specifically, all interested in Karaite studies, Judeo-Arabic exegesis, literature and language, medieval Jewry under Islam, Yefet ben ‘Eli, and the book of Proverbs.