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Levi (Abū Saʿīd) ben Japheth
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Levi ha-Levi ben Japheth (Yefet), also known as Abū Saʿīd, flourished in the first half of the eleventh century. He was the younger of the two known sons of Japheth ben Eli , the Karaite Bible exegete par excellence (his brother being ʿAlī Saʿīd, or Saʿadya, ha-Levi). Like his father, Levi apparently resided in Jerusalem, where, according to Ibn al-Hītī , he counted Jeshua ben Judah (Abū ’l-Faraj Furqān ibn Asad) among his pupils. Later Karaite writers sometimes incorrectly refer to Levi as Saʿīd (not Abū Saʿīd) or Saʿadya, or even Abū Hāshim, in the last ins…

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Michael G. Wechsler, “Levi (Abū Saʿīd) ben Japheth”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0013600>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3252

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