* This article is based on a talk presented at the Conference of the Institute of Judeo-Islamic Studies, Denver, 1996. 1 At present, there is no one adequate introduction to Karaism, but M. Polliack (ed.), Karaite Judaism: An Introductio n to the History and Literary Sources of Medieval and Modern Karaism (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming), is intended to ll that gap. In the meanwhile, the following can be pro tably consulted: L. Nemoy, Karaite Anthology (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1952); P. Birnbaum (ed.), Karaite Studies (New York: Hermon Press, 1971); S.W. Baron, A Social and Religious History of the Jews (New York: Colulmbia University Press, 1952 2 ) 5.209 – 85, 388 – 416; and M. Corinaldi, The Personal Status of the Karaites (Hebrew) (Jerusalem: Rubin Mass, 1984). THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN THE HISTORIOGRAPHY AND SELF-IMAGE OF CONTEMPORARY KARAITES* DANIEL J. LASKER Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Karaism is the most resilient, longest surviving, Jewish sectarian form of religion, having presented an alternate, non-rabbinic Judaism for at least the past 1100 years. The term ÒKaraiteÓ is usually taken to mean Òscripturalist,Ó and, indeed, the Karaites claim that their reli- gious law is in
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