Dropsie College Theses
The Arabic Commentary of Yefet B. Ali the Karaite on the Book of Jeremiah: 150 Folios edited from Three MSS with Critical Notes
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Little is known about Yefet b. 'Ali (or, as he is known by his Arabic name, Abu 'Ali Hasan b. 'Ali al-Lawi al-Basri1). The date of his birth in al-Basra is put at ca. 915 C.E.2 During the latter half of his life, he became attached to the ascetic ultra-pious community in Jerusalem known as the Avelei Zion or "mourners of Zion".3 His demise in Jerusalem is reckoned at ca. 1010,4 at a time when the Near Eastern Karaite community flourished.
As a Biblical exegete, he is reported to have written a comprehensive Arabic commentary upon each and every Book of canonized O.T.,5 a gigantic literary feat.
Wendkos, Philip D., "The Arabic Commentary of Yefet B. Ali the Karaite on the Book of Jeremiah: 150 Folios edited from Three MSS with Critical Notes" (1969). Dropsie College Theses. 11.
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Library at the Katz Center - Archives Thesis. BS1365.3 .W463 1969.