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Early Karaite Grammatical Texts
Geoffrey Khan
MasS 9
Publication Date
June 2008


This book contains an edition, translation, and analysis of three hitherto unpublished Hebrew grammatical works from the Middle Ages. They are among the earliest grammatical studies of the biblical Hebrew language. The texts were all written by Karaite Jews, who were a dynamic intellectual force in the Middle Ages and made important contributions to the development of the disciplines of Hebrew grammar and biblical exegesis. These Karaite grammatical texts fell into oblivion in the later Middle Ages and the Hebrew grammatical tradition of the Spanish school of grammarians became dominant, which formed the basis of our modern grammar books of biblical Hebrew.

Geoffrey Khan is Reader in Semitic Philology at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy.