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This chapter briefly discusses the arabic translation on the book of Esther by one of the preeminent litterateurs of the Karaite "Golden Age" (10th-11th centuries), Yefet ben 'Eli ha-Levi. After Ahasuerus reigned Artaxerxes the Lesser, for he reigned one year, and it was he who forbade that the Temple should be built when the Samaritans made an accusation against the Jews. Then after him arose Darius the Persian, to whom the governor of Syro-Palestine likewise sought to slander the Jews, though the matter turned out in the completion of the construction, and he provided from his own wealth the outlay for the House of God, just like Cyrus, and also furnished from his wealth the sacrifices and that which pertained to them. (The construction of the Temple) was thus completed during the time of (Darius), after whom arose [6r] Artaxerxes the Great, who was a friend of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Keywords:arabic translation; book of Esther; Karaite; Yefet ben 'Eli ha-Levi



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