The Tombstone Inscriptions Uncovered by Abraham Firkovich in the Crimea in the 1830s-1840s in the Light of Their Squeeze Copies Recently Rediscovered in St. Petersburg

Tapani Harviainen Abraham Firkovich , alias Even-Reshef , the well-known Karaite and collector of antiquities , was 52 years old , when . in 1839 employed by the leadership of the Karaites in Russia to investi origin of the Karaite / Karaim community living in the Crimea , and Lithuania ; the initiative of this investigation derived its ori an inquiry presented by Russian high officials . The rapid response among the Karaites to this inquiry resulted from their movement , which intended to differentiate themselves unfavourable position of the Rabbanite Jewry in Russia . Firkovich returned from his last expedition in the Near East of 77 . In his earlier years Jerusalem , Constantinople and the the genizot in these places had been targets of his first scholarl During a period of 35 years he collected old books , manuscri drawings , tombstones and other antiquities . Approximately 16 , of his collections were purchased by the Imperial Public Library Petersburg ; they are preserved in the ...  אל הספר
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