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Submission 3- Anan and the Rise of Karaism

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HUMA 2850- W:12:30-Wieser Jessica Abourmad 208508749 Anan and the Rise of Karaism In Babylonia around 760, the revolt of Rabbinic Judaism was newly rising. There were those who firmly believed in following the bible by determining the laws based on ones own intellectual reasoning. This group was justly named the Karaites; ‘followers of the bible’. In contrast, those who followed Rabbinic tradition, and strongly believed and practiced traditional Judea were the ‘Rabbinates’. Anan ben David, whom is typically referred to (by the Karaites) as the founder of Karaism, or (by the rabbinates) as a ‘wicked…scoundrel’ played an essential role in the revolution. Anan firmly believed in overthrowing absolutely all ‘rabbinic tradition, law, and ritual.’ Simply, in order for individuals to have the opportunity to contribute to their own religion by returning to the bible and deciding for themselves what is (personally) most important to observe. Many Rabbinates cursed the name of Anan and his son and believed Karaism law to be ‘no good…which man cannot live [by]’. In addition, the
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