Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer

The Liturgical Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses ben Abraham Darʿī. Karaite Texts and Studies Volume 6


In Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer Joachim Yeshaya offers an edition of liturgical poems which the Karaite poet Moses Darʿī composed in twelfth-century Egypt as introductory poems for the Torah readings on each Sabbath. The Hebrew text and Judaeo-Arabic heading of each poem are provided in the original order attested in the manuscript NLR Evr. I 802, dated to the fifteenth century. Every poem comes with a commentary section consisting of English commentary essays and bilingual (Hebrew / English) line-by-line annotations. In the conclusion following this edition, Joachim Yeshaya demonstrates how Darʿī’s liturgical poems are among the earliest examples of the introduction of poetry, Andalusian Rabbanite poetical norms, and the “memory” of being exiled from Jerusalem into Karaite prayer.

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Joachim Yeshaya, Ph.D. (2009) in Arts, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, is Research Associate at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He is the author of Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Egypt: The Secular Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses ben Abraham Darʿī (Brill, 2011).
List of Abbreviations
Transliteration of Arabic
Transliteration of Hebrew
Chapter 1 Karaite Liturgy and Poetry
Chapter 2 Language, Rhetoric, Prosody
Chapter 3 Thematic Elements
Chapter 4 Edition
Alphabetical List of Poems Nos. 1-96
Alphabetical List of Biblical Names
Variant Readings
Index of Names and Subjects
Plate Section
All those interested in medieval Hebrew poetry, Judaeo-Arabic literature, Karaite Judaism, and Jewish liturgy.
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