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This article presents a critical edition of the piyyut האומרים אב ובן ורוח שלישי for Yom Kippur by Yosef ibn Avitur (tenth-eleventh centuries). This piyyut, which contains an explicit anti-Christian polemic, is examined in light of two antecedents belonging to the same type. Furthermore, Avitur’s piyyut displays literary elements that are attested in the complex known as Toledot Yeshu—especially the epithet ממזר ובן נידה referring to Jesus himself as well as a reference to him having been crucified “on a cabbage stalk.” These elements are analyzed and conclusions are drawn with regard to their implication for the study of the evolution of the Toledot Yeshu literature.

In: European Journal of Jewish Studies
In: Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship
Author: Michael Rand
Michael Rand’s The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni investigates the stages whereby the text of al-Ḥarizi’s maqama collection as we currently know it, on the basis of manuscripts (and the editio princeps), came into being during al-Ḥarizi’s travels in the East over the course of approximately the last ten years of his life. The discussion is based on a close examination of the textual evidence, the investigation of a number of relevant literary motifs, and a comparison to al-Ḥarizi’s model, the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī. The book includes a catalogue of fragments of the Taḥkemoni in the Genizah and Firkovitch IIA collections, and some previously unpublished material that can reasonably be claimed to belong to a heretofore unattested version of the Taḥkemoni.
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni
In: The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni