Polemical Aspects in an Early Judeo-Persian Bible Exegesis - The Commentary on the Story of Ḥannah (RNL Yevr.-Arab. I 4608)

  • Ofir Haim Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Keywords: Polemics, Bible exegesis, Karaite, Yefet ben ʿEli, Early Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Arabic

Abstract

The article discusses the attitude towards Christians, Muslims, and the “foreign sciences” based on one of the only extant polemical texts written in Early Judeo-Persian—a passage from an unpublished commentary on story of Ḥannah preserved in the National Library of Russia (RNL Yevr.-Arab. I 4608). In addition, the article attempts to define the relation of this commentary to the broader intellectual environment of the medieval Jewish world. A close examination of this passage reveals a possible connection to Karaite exegetical work written in Judeo-Arabic during the tenth century, particularly those of Yefet ben ʿEli. Therefore, the article may serve as a case study of intellectual contact and transmission of knowledge between different Jewish groups in the Islamicate world.

Published
2018-04-17
How to Cite
Haim, O. (2018). Polemical Aspects in an Early Judeo-Persian Bible Exegesis - The Commentary on the Story of Ḥannah (RNL Yevr.-Arab. I 4608). Entangled Religions, 6, 162-200. https://doi.org/10.13154/er.v6.2018.162-200