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ABRAHAM BEN JUDAH BEN ABRAHAM

ABRAHAM BEN JUDAH BEN ABRAHAM (15th century), the "Elder," Karaite biblical exegete and liturgical poet of Constantinople. In his main work Yesod Mikra, a commentary of the Bible, Abraham quotes Rabbanite as well as Karaite authorities and refrains from polemics against the Rabbanites. It is preserved in two manuscripts (Jewish Theological Seminary and Leyden) both transcribed by his grandson Judah b. Elijah Tishbi (in 1511 and 1518, respectively). Fifteen liturgical poems by Abraham are included in the Karaite prayer book.

bibliography:

M. Steinschneider, Catalogue Leyden (1858), nos. 1–5; Mann, Texts, 2 (1935), 1420–21; S. Poznański, in: Yevreyskaya Entsiklopediya, 1 (c. 1910), 291–2.

[Jakob Naphtali Hertz Simchoni]

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