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Qaraite Book of Exodus

Date:
1005
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Ink and pigments on paper; 21 folios
Dimensions:
9 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (24 x 18 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts
Credit Line:
The British Library, London (Or.2540)
Not on view
By this period, Jews spoke and often wrote in Arabic, but only the Qaraites, a group that advocated literalistic interpretation of scripture, transliterated the Bible into Arabic characters. This book of Exodus features Hebrew and Arabic vocalization signs in red and green ink, resembling contemporary Qur’ans.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.