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Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem

The Lamentations Commentary of Salmon ben Yeruhim

Jessica Andruss

Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem

Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem

The Lamentations Commentary of Salmon ben Yeruhim

Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem

 

The first Jewish Bible commentaries were written in Arabic, in medieval Islamic cities like Baghdad and Jerusalem. Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem explores the construction of a new Jewish spirituality within these texts, focusing on the Lamentations commentary of Salmon ben Yeruhim.


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Beschrijving Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem

The emergence of the Jewish Bible commentary in the tenth century marks a turning point in Jewish intellectual history, namely, the transition from ancient rabbinic culture to the Arabized Judaism of the medieval period. This book explores a formative moment in this cultural reorientation by analyzing one of the earliest Jewish Bible commentaries. Written in Arabic in tenth-century Jerusalem, Salmon ben Yeruhim's commentary on Lamentations reveals a nuanced
negotiation between the rabbinic tradition and the intellectual resources of the Islamic world.

Salmon was a prominent figure among the Karaites, a Jewish movement defined by its commitments to biblical scholarship and penitential practices. For him, Lamentations is "instruction for Israel"—spiritual guidance for the Jewish community in exile—and his task is to communicate that instruction. Jewish Piety in Islamic Jerusalem explores the medieval Arabic dimensions of Salmon's project, tracing his engagement with the nascent fields of Arabic literary theory, historiography, and
homiletics. The central argument of the book is that Salmon articulates a Jewish pietistic message through emergent Arabic-Islamic genres, transforming them to reflect his own religious and exegetical commitments. In this way, Salmon applies Arabic learning to the Bible at the same time that his understanding
of the biblical text expands the Arabic intellectual tradition. The book advances these claims through six analytical chapters and an annotated English translation of the homilies and excursuses of Salmon's commentary.


ISBN
9780197639559
Pagina's
416
Verschenen
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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