Fragments of Šelomo ben Mobārak’s Kitāb al-Taysīr in the Taylor-Schechter Collection
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AuthorMartínez Delgado, José
Ginzei Qedem is produced by the Ben-Zvi Institute of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on behalf of the Friedberg Genizah Project
GenizahMedieval Hebrew LexicographyKitāb al-TaysīrKaraiteŠelomo ben MobārakTaylor-Schechter Collection
Ginzei Qedem 11 9*-37*
SponsorshipThis study was done under the auspices of the research project ‘Recuperación y estudio del legado lingüístico judeo -árabe de al-Andalus’ (MEC Ref. FFI2014- 51818-P).
Kitāb al-Taysīr, The Book of Facility, is a Hebrew–Arabic biblical dictionary based on the methodology of the Andalusi Hebrew school. This dictionary was probably composed in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. According to tradition, the Kitāb al-Taysīr was composed by a Karaite scholar known as Šelomo ben Mobārak ben Ṣa‘īr in Old Cairo. The manuscript tradition of the Kitāb at -Taysīr is a very rich one, almost unique for a practically unknown medieval work.In this paper five fragments from Taylor Schechter Collection are published, translated, and discussed for the first time.