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Abū 'l-Kathīr Yaḥyā ibn Zakariyyāʾ
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Abū ʾl-Kathīr Yaḥyā ibn Zakariyyāʾ (d. ca. 932) was a Jewish theologian and Bible translator from Tiberias whose main claim to fame is the fact that Saʿadya Gaon studied with him at some point. He is not mentioned in any Jewish source, and apart from the Andalusian heresiographer and polemicist Ibn Ḥazm (d. 1064), who mentions him as a Jewish mutakallim (rational theologian), our main source of information is Kitāb al-Tanbīh (ed. De Goeje, 1894) by the well-known Muslim historian al-Masʿūdī (d. 956). In his brief survey of Arabic translations of the Bible, al-Masʿ…

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Camilla Adang, “Abū 'l-Kathīr Yaḥyā ibn Zakariyyāʾ”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0000600>
First published online: 2010

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