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Gaonic Correspondence
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The geʾonim throughout much of their history were remote from the majority of the Jewish population over whom they wielded spiritual and moral leadership, and they were thus accustomed to communicating through letters. While much of their earlier correspondence has come down to us in the form of collections of gaonic responsa, a form of communication characterized by its legalistic character and technical language,…

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Outhwaite, Ben, “Gaonic Correspondence”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000646>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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