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A Vestige of R. Jonah Ibn Janaḥ's Commentary on the Book of Chronicles / שריד מפירוש של ר' יונה אבן ג'נאח לדברי הימים

מערבי פרץ and Maaravi Perez
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך נח‎, חוברת ב‎ (טבת-אדר תשמ"ט), pp. 283-288
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23597839
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A Vestige of R. Jonah Ibn Janaḥ's Commentary on the Book of Chronicles / שריד מפירוש של ר' יונה אבן ג'נאח לדברי הימים
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Abstract

This one-leaf fragment, T-S Ar. 22.82, found in the collection of the Cambridge University Library, is part of a philological commentary on the Book of Chronicles. It deals with I Chronicles 28:19–29:11. Surprisingly, the writer of this commentary is most probably the famous mediaeval grammarian and lexicographer R. Jonah ibn Janaḥ (Abulwalid Marwan). Hitherto none of his commentaries on the Bible has been found, nor is he known as a biblical commentator per se. Our conclusion concerning the identity of the author relies on the following evidence: 1. The author of the commentary twice mentions his Book of Roots. 2. He employs 'word substitution' — one of the best known methods employed by Ibn Janaḥ, to which he dedicated a full chapter in his grammatical opus known as Kitāb al-Luma'. 3. The interpretations proposed here have their parallels in his grammatical and lexicographical works, namely, Kitāb al-Luma' and Kitāb al-Uṣūl. The exegetical methods employed throughout this fragment consist of morphological, syntactical, lexical and stylistic interpretations. And though most of his comments supply one meaning to the word or the clause concerned, the author sometimes tends to take other views into account and reacts accordingly. We hope that other biblical commentaries of Ibn Janaḥ will be discovered among the yet undeciphered fragments in the Cairo Genizah.

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