The Early Karaite Tradition of Hebrew Grammatical Thought

Including a Critical Edition, Translation and Analysis of the Diqduq of ’Abū Ya‘qūb Yūsuf ibn Nūḥ on the Hagiographa


One of the earliest Karaite grammatical texts that have come down to us from the Middle Ages, is the Diqduq, by ’Abū Ya‘qūb Yūsuf ibn Nūḥ, of Jerusalem. It is a grammatical commentary on the Hebrew Bible.
This volume presents a critical edition of a large section of that Hebrew grammatical text, together with an annotated English translation and a detailed analysis of its contents. The analysis concerns the tradition of Hebrew grammatical thought that was developed in the Middle Ages by grammarians belonging to the Karaite movement of Judaism.
The work is an important contribution to the study of the history of Hebrew grammar and to the study of medieval Jewish thought in general. It brings to light, for the first time, one of the major Hebrew grammatical texts from the tenth century, which predates most of the works of the Spanish school of Hebrew grammar.

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Biographical Note
Geoffrey Khan, Ph.D. (1984) in Semitic Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, is currently Reader in Semitic Philology at the University of Cambridge, England, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has published widely on Semitic linguistics and edited manuscripts of numerous medieval texts and documents.
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"It was thus a wise decision on the part of the editors to prepare Al-kafi first for publication...The publication of Al-kafi will also greatly facilitate the reconstruction of other works of Abu l-Faraj." Aharon Maman, The Jewish Quarterly Review Vol. 101, No. 3 (summer 2011) pp. 466-467.
This detailed analysis of a Hebrew grammatical text should interest those studying the history of grammatical thought in general, and the grammar of Biblical Hebrew in particular. It will also appeal to observers of medieval exegesis of the Hebrew Bible and medieval Jewish thought in general.
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