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1. Concept and development in the Middle Ages

The autonym of the splinter group known as the “Karaim,” which began to develop from Babylonian-Persian Judaism early in the 8th century, indicates considerable departures from the mother religion: the Ba'ale ha-Mikra (“People of the Scriptures”) accepted only the Hebrew Bible as the written Torah, therefore rejecting the oral Torah (Halakhah, Judaic law) of rabbinical Judaism, although they used its hermeneut…

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Riemer, Nathanael, “Karaism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021958>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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