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Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhi: A Fragment Edited from a Genizah MS [Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. V]. Israel Davidson.
Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhi: A Fragment Edited from a Genizah MS [Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. V]
Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhi: A Fragment Edited from a Genizah MS [Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. V]
Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhi: A Fragment Edited from a Genizah MS [Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. V]

Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhi: A Fragment Edited from a Genizah MS [Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. V]

New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1915. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 104, [2]pp. Original blue cloth with gold lettering on spine and front cover. Frontispiece. Printer's device on title page. A fascinating document, sidelined in standard histories of biblical interpretation survives only in terms of the shadow it cast on its day: The infamous Hiwi al Balkhi, whose original composition is the subject of Saadia Gaon's poetic refutation edited and translated for the first time in this work. Unfortunately, we have not a trace of Hiwi's composition, but it is not difficult to discern the character of his challenge to the Tanakh's theological cogency. Saadia (882-942) paraphrases (sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly) his adversary's barbs through his answers, all of which, incidentally, conform to "traditional" exegetical and philosophical explanations found elsewhere in rabbinic sanctioned literature (including his own writings). Despite his prodigious rhetorical prowess, Saadia's "refutation" failed to constitute a deathblow. Abraham ibn Ezra thought of Hiwi as a worthy adversary in his own 12th century Torah commentaries, suggesting that the composition was still in circulation on the European mainland two centuries after Saadia penned his rhyme in Persia. Very minor rubbing along edges. Head of spine slightly bumped (slightly affecting pages throughout). Binding and interior in overall good+ to very good condition. vg. Item #30685

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