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Yehuda ben Eliyahu Hadassi - Account of his Life


Yehuda ben Eliyahu Hadassi lived in the twelfth century, in Constantinople. He wrote a work entitled Eshkol Hakofer, composed in 1148, which was printed by the Karaite community in Eupatoria (in 1836). Eshkol Hakofer is an encyclopedic work, a vast record of Karaite law and dogma. With Hadassi, the old period of Karaite literature closes. Most authors that follow him do not produce original works, but, rather, relay or comment upon what has been written before them.