LEVI BEN JAPHETH

LEVI BEN JAPHETH (Abū Saʿīd; 10th–11th century), Karaite scholar, son of japheth b. ali . Levi b. Japheth lived in Jerusalem and wrote, in Arabic, a "Book of Precepts," a work which was used by almost all the later Karaite writers. Only fragments of the Arabic original are preserved. Manuscripts of the Hebrew translation, Sefer ha-Mitzvot, are extant in Oxford, Leningrad, and Leiden. In his interpretation of the law, Levi distinguished between the views of the early and later rabbanites , numbering saadiah gaon among the latter and frequently censuring him severely. He also wrote a short commentary on the Bible (only fragments of this, too, remain), and is said to have compiled an abridged version of david b. abraham alfasi 's dictionary, Agron. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: S. Poznański, Karaite Literary Opponents of Saadiah Gaon (1908), 42–46; Z. Ankori, Karaites in Byzantium (1959), index, S.V. Levi b. Yefeth.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Japheth ben Ali ha-Levi — (fl. 10th cent)    Palestinian Karaite scholar. He lived in Jerusalem. He wrote biblical commentaries, a translation of the Bible into Arabic, and polemical tracts against Saadyah Gaon …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

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