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ABRAHAM BEN YEFET (JAPHETH):

Karaite poet; born about the beginning of the fifteenth century; died after 1460. He traced his descent to Moses Dar'i, the celebrated Karaite poet. He copied the religio-legal compendium of Samuel ha-Rofe ha-Ma'arabi in 1460. Abraham ben Yefet is probably identical with the Karaite poet Abraham ha-Rofe, since Rofe is a cognomen of many of the ancestors of Abraham ben Yefet. Even in his work as scribe he reveals his poetic nature by subjoining an epigram at the end of each manuscript that he copied.

Bibliography:
  • Pinsker, Liḳḳute Ḳadmoniot, p. 49, and supplement, pp. 115, 125;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Uebers. p. 322, note.
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