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Tobiah ben Moses ha-Avel
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Tobiah ben Moses ha-Avel was a Byzantine Karaite scholar, exegete, translator, and liturgical poet of who studied for a period in Jerusalem. The wide range of his intellectual activities, personal qualities, and life experiences gained him a number of Hebrew honorific titles in addition to conventional Karaite appellations like he-ḥakham (the sage) and ha-maskil (the teacher). Since he had studied with the Jerusalem Karaites known as Mourners of Zion (avele ṣiyyon), his colleagues in Byzantium called him ha-avel (the mourner), but also ha-ʿoved (the worshiper); his great erud…

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Marzena Zawanowska, “Tobiah ben Moses ha-Avel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0021320>
First published online: 2010

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