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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, several famous scholars such as Leopold Dukes, Adolph Neubauer, Elkanan Nathan Adler and Samuel Abraham (Abba) Poznanski studied a corpus of poems, of which the acrostics caused these scholars to attribute the authorship of the poems to a certain Elʿazar or Elʿazar ben Yaʿaqov. Two major MSS with a considerable number of poems form a comprehensive dīwān, but these were only exploited for the publication of only scattered fragments and excerpts. Al-Ḥarizi’s derogatory comments about the composers he encountered in the East is symbolic of a larger issue concerning the study of medieval Hebrew poetry in later times.

Keywords: Adolph Neubauer; Elʿazar ben Yaʿaqov; Elkanan Nathan Adler; Leopold Dukes; medieval Hebrew poetry; Samuel Abraham



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