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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

'Anan Ben David

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A Persian Jew of the 8th century, and founder within Judaism of the sect of Qaraites (Karaites) which set itself in opposition to the rabbinic tradition. `Anan was an unsuccessful candidate for the dignity of Exilarch, and thus his opposition to the rabbanite Jews was political as well as theological. His secession occurred at a moment when the time was ripe for a reaction against rabbinism, and 'Allan became the rallying point for many opponents of tradition. (See QARAITES.)


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for ''Anan Ben David'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/'/anan-ben-david.html. 1910.

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