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Karaite Hebrew
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The Hebrew used by the Karaites may be divided into three distinct chronological periods, each with its own characteristics:

(a) The first period begins with Binyamin Nahāwandi, who was active in the mid-9th century C.E., about one-hundred years after the emergence of the Karaite movement. ʿAnan Ben David, who is traditionally regarded as the founder of the movement, used a version of Babylonian Aramaic that was very similar to the language of the Geʾonim in his ספר המצוות sep̄er ham-miṣwot ‘Book of Commandments’ (Harkavy 1903).

Nahāwandi’s legal treatise מַשְׂאַת בנימין maśʾat binyami…

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Maman, Aharon, “Karaite Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000515>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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