From Persia with Love: The Arabic Translation and Homiletical Commentary of Salmon Ben Yeruam on the Book of Esther. Karaite Texts and Studies
The commentary on the book of Esther by Salmon b. Yeru?am represents the oldest extant Karaite commentary on Esther and the second-oldest Jewish commentary on the book after that of Saadia Gaon, Salmons older contemporary. Salmons exegesis, while grounded in the driving Karaite ethos of intense Scripturalism, reflects at the same time an even-handed openness (often downplayed in previous scholarship) to Rabbanite (including midrashic-talmudic) exegetical tradition where it both conforms to the strictures of rational analysis and serves to promote his homiletical goals. With respect to the book of Esther, these goals center upon the presentation of Esther as a prescriptive model of Jewish life in Exileparticularly as represented in the early Karaite ethos and constitutional triumvirate of confidence in Gods covenant-based solicitude, continual introspection (even self-criticism) and mourning over the exile, and the messianically-charged call to return to Zion.
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