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- DescriptionThis volume presents a critical edition of the Judaeo-Arabic translation and commentary on the book of Esther by Saadia Gaon (882-942). This edition, accompanied by an introduction and extensively antated English translation, affords access to the first-kwn personalized, rationalistic Jewish commentary on this biblical book. Saadia invatively organizes the biblical narrative-and his commentary thereon-according to seven guidelines that provide a practical blueprint by which Israel can live as an abased people under Gentile dominion. Saadia's prodigious acumen and sense of communal solicitude find vivid expression throughout his commentary in his carefully-defined structural and linguistic analyses, his elucidative references to a broad range of contemporary socio-religious and vocational realia, his anti-Karaite polemics, and his attention to various issues, both psychological and practical, attending Jewish-Gentile conviviality in a 10th-century Islamicate milieu.
- Author BiographyMichael G. Wechsler, Ph.D. (2006), University of Chicago, is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. He has published several volumes and articles on Semitic Bible translation and Judaeo-Arabic exegesis, including Strangers in the Land: The Judaeo-Arabic Exegesis of Tanhum ha-Yerushalmi on the Books of Ruth and Esther (2010), The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben 'Eli the Karaite on the Book of Esther (2006), and Evangelium Iohannis Aethiopicum (2005).
- Author(s)Michael G. Wechsler
- Date of Publication16/03/2015
- Languageeng, ara
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleBiblia Arabica
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationLeiden
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Weight1165 g
- Width16 mm
- Height24 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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