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[Kariate - Only Ed] Mordecai b. Joseph Sultanski
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Only edition. 4, 3-6, 5-8, 11-226 pp., 196:158 mm., wide margins, light age staining, old hands, erasures on title. A very good copy bound in later half cloth over boards.
Kariate literature by Mordecai b. Joseph Sultanski, (c. 1772–1862), Karaite scholar and writer. Born in Lutsk, Volhynia, he served as teacher first in his native town, then in Chufut-Kale and Yevpatoriya (both in the Crimea), and later in Kherson, Ukraine. Sultansky was widely read in both Karaite literature and such rabbinic authors as Maimonides, Abrahan ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Bahya ibn Paquda, and Levi b. Gershom. The most important of his printed works is his Zekher Zaddikim (also entitled Kizzur Aggadah; ed. by S. Ponanski, 1920) which contains a detailed account of Karaism from its beginnings to the author's time. Since the book lacks both critical approach and documentary research, it is of little scientific value. However, it is of great interest as an example of modern Karaite historiography, the predecessor of Abraham Firkovich's method of composing Karaite history by twisting and falsifying facts to elevate Karaism and decry Rabbanism. Sultansky also published a Hebrew grammar entitled Petah Tikva (pt. 1, Yevpatoriya, 1857), Metiv Da'at (ibid., 1858), a philosophical defense of Karaism, containing many quotations from old rabbinic and modern Hebrew authors, and polemics against Rabbanism and Hasidism.
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