MAIASP. 2020. No. 12

Alexandra Fishel (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Michael Nosonovsky (Milwaukee, USA)

The structure of Karaite gravestone inscriptions from Çufut-Qaleh and methodology of Hebrew Epigraphy

DOI: 10.24411/2713-2021-2020-00030 

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The study of Hebrew inscriptions from Çufut-Qaleh is a central topic of Hebrew epigraphy in Russia. For a long time, the central controversial question was whether Jews or Karaites could live in the Crimean castle cities, such as Çufut-Qaleh and Mangup, before the Tatar invasion of the 1230s. The almost two-century long study of the inscriptions included the analysis of chronological systems, naming patterns, lexical content, comparison with historical sources, archival data, statistical, topographical and architectural analysis, as well as many other approaches. Studying the structure of the inscriptions and viewing Hebrew epitaphs as a literary genre can provide additional insights on the attitudes towards life and death reflected in these inscriptions.

Key words: Hebrew inscriptions, Çufut-Qaleh, Karaites, Crimea.

Received November 01, 2020

Accepted for publication November 22, 2020

About the authors:

Alexandra Fishel (Saint Petersburg, Russia). Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of Russian Academy of Sciences


Michael Nosonovsky (Milwaukee, USA). PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee