Saadia Gaon
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(acronym RaSaG; 882, Faiyum, Upper Egypt – 942, Sura, Babylonia), from 928 the first non-Babylonian head (Gaon) of the rabbinic academy in Sura. As a philologist, exegete, controversialist, and philosopher, he was an outstanding figure in 10th-century Judaism. In 915 he settled in Palestine, where he wrote his first philological work, Sefer ha-Agron. From the year 921 at the latest, Saadia – who appears to have been a contentious character all his life – lived in Babylonia. There he became involved in the so-call Ben Meir controver…

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Leicht, Reimund, “Saadia Gaon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025129>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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