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Yefet and His Times

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One of the most prominent and prolific Karaite commentators of the early classical period was Yefet ha-Levi ben ?Eli whose biblical commentary is the greatest example of the mature stage of Karaite exegesis in that era. In accordance with the aforementioned chronology, Yefet was occupied with writing his commentary on the Pentateuch for about ten years, between 960 and 970. Yefet's commentary on Genesis contains both literal and non-literal interpretations of the biblical verses; the former constitute the unquestionable majority, whereas the latter are restricted to a very limited number of instances, predominantly those of a prophetic character, or those laden with a long-standing tradition of non-literal exposition. Of the later Arabic Karaite commentaries on the Pentateuch in general, and on Genesis in particular, a considerable number of manuscripts identified as compositions authored by Yeshu?ah ben Yehudah have been preserved including both his short and long commentary on the Torah.

Keywords:contemporary karaite commentaries; Genesis; manuscripts; Yefet

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