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Karaite Sources for the Tiberian Reading Tradition of Biblical Hebrew - Prof. Geoffrey Khan

Two projects relating to medieval Karaite sources are being undertaken in association with the larger project on the grammar of Biblical Hebrew.

The first is a critical edition and translation of the work Hidāyat al-Qāriʾ ‘The Guide for the Reader’, which is an important source for our knowledge of the Tiberian Masoretic reading tradition of Biblical Hebrew. It was written in the 11th century C.E. by the Karaite grammar, ʾAbū al-Faraj Hārūn. A related project involves the description of Arabic transcriptions of Hebrew that are found in manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible written in Arabic script by Karaite scribes datable to the 10th and 11th centuries C.E. 


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