Genizah Research after Ninety Years: The Case of Judaeo-Arabic

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This volume contains twenty-one studies of various aspects of Judaeo-Arabic, the language spoken by Jews living in the Muslim countries of the Middle Ages. Using mainly the manuscript treasures found in the depository (Genizah) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, the essays, by an international group of scholars belonging to the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, not only deal with linguistic, literary and philosophical ideas of the Jews, but also touch on medicine, magic and relations with other religions. It is...

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This volume contains twenty-one studies of various aspects of Judaeo-Arabic, the language spoken by Jews living in the Muslim countries of the Middle Ages. Using mainly the manuscript treasures found in the depository (Genizah) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, the essays, by an international group of scholars belonging to the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, not only deal with linguistic, literary and philosophical ideas of the Jews, but also touch on medicine, magic and relations with other religions. It is the most up-to-date treatment of the subject available in English.

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Preface; Abbreviations and Transliteration; 1. Introductory remarks: semitic scholarship at Cambridge; 2. Some new sources for the study of the text and language of Saadya's translation of the Pentateuch into Judaeo-Arabic; 3. Traces of Judah Ibn Quraysh in manuscript, particularly in Genizah fragments; 4. Some Genizah fragments on the duty of the nations to keep the mosaic law; 5. On a fragment of the oldest Judaeo-Arabic Bible translation extant; 6. Saadya Gaon on the limits of liturgical flexibility; 7. A hymn of praise and a letter of supplication from the Cairo Genizah; 8. “Words beautifully put”: Hebrew versus Arabic in tenth-century Jewish literature; 9. Mukhtasar (an abridgement of) Hidayat al-Qari: a grammatical treatise discovered in the Genizah; 10. Daniel Ibn al-Mashita's Taqwim al-Adyan: new light on the oriental phase of The Maimonidean controversy; 11. Responsa of Abraham Maimonides on a debtor's travails; 12. Arabis elements in the Hebrew of the Byzantine Karaites; 13. Medical texts in Judaeo-Arabic from the Genizah; 15. Qissat Mujadalat al-Usquf and Nestor ha-komer: the earliest Arabic and Hebrew Jewish anti-Christian polemics; 16. The lexical element in David Alfasi's dictionary definitions; 17. An Iraqi Judaeo-Arabic version of Ma'aseh Avraham: some literary and linguistic features; 18. The genealogy of Sefo (Swjar) ben Elifaz: the importance of a Genizah fragment for Josippon's history; 19. Taqdir and its counterparts in mediaeval Judaeo-Arabic; 20. Qissat Mujadalat al-Usquf: a case study in polemical literature; 21. The magical texts in the Cairo Genizah; Indexes.

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