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A critical scholarly edition of the Karaite Yefet ben ʿEli ha-Levi's (10th-century) Judaeo-Arabic translation of and commentary on the prophetic books Amos, Haggai, and Malachi, including a comparison of 19 manuscripts and an extensive introduction. The introduction discusses Yefet's exegesis of the three books, his approaches to the biblical narratives, his polemic with the Rabbanites, and the exegetical principles he uses in his translation of the verses. Yefet ben ʿEli was one of the most important biblical commentators of the early Middle Ages. He translated all the books of the Bible into Judaeo-Arabic and composed a long commentary on them. His commentaries on the books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi reflect his method of biblical exegesis and present unique interpretive ideas.

This article gives an overview of the exegetical approaches in Yefet’s biblical commentaries, especially his literary-historical approach as a central component of Yefet’s commentary on the Book of Amos. Yefet espouses an essentially historical approach to the biblical text; evident both by his deductions of the nature of society, and by dating the events mentioned in the book, based on biblical “evidence” taken from references to other biblical texts. He treats these events as developing narratives using both literary and historical tools. This approach guides his interpretations and helps him to determine whether metaphorical or literal interpretation is most appropriate.

In: European Journal of Jewish Studies
In: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi
In: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi
In: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi
In: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi
In: The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai, and Malachi