Karaism: An Introduction to the Oldest Surviving Alternative Judaism


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Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in Association with Liverpool University Press
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6.43 X 9.53 X 1.08 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel J. Lasker is Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values (Emeritus) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In addition he has taught at many institutions of higher learning, including Yale, Princeton, the University of Toronto, Ohio State University, the University of Texas, and the University of Washington. His publications include Jewish Philosophical Polemics against Christianity in the Middle Ages (2nd edn., Littman Library, 2007) and From Judah Hadassi to Elijah Bashyatchi: Studies in Late Medieval Karaite Philosophy (2008).


Daniel Lasker is an exemplary scholar with thorough command of the literature and an ability to convey the most foundational and fascinating elements of Karaism to a general readership.
Jessica Andruss, University of Virginia

A true eminence in the field, Professor Lasker commands wide respect and recognition. His very fine, reliable introduction to Karaite Judaism will also engage an audience interested in larger questions, such as pluralism and self-definition.
Daniel Frank, Ohio State University

Lasker's book offers an extremely well-researched introduction to the relatively unknown and un-researched branch of Jewish history that includes Karaite Jewry and its texts, commentaries and records, in the hope that it inspires readers to continue learning about the oldest surviving alternative Judaism.
Hadassah Faur, Jerusalem Post

The need for [Karaism], the first wide-ranging English-language introduction to the study of Karaite Judaism, is abundantly clear. In twelve concise and readable chapters, made admirably accessible to the nonspecialist, Daniel J. Lasker draws on a lifetime of research into what he calls an alternative Judaism, ... Even though few can match the breadth of Lasker's interest or productivity, one hopes that this volume stimulates a new generation of interest in Karaism.
Marc Herman, H-Judaic