Abstract

Abstract:

This article provides a translation and analysis of the only extant Hebrew poem attributed to the Andalusi poet Ibrāhīm ibn Sahl al-Isrāʾīlī. This poem, a baqqashah (Jewish liturgical appeal), oscillates between despair and hope for the redemption of the Jewish people. A careful reading of the poem reveals it to be a rich expression of optative return from exile, especially in light of intertextuality with a passage on redemption drawn from Isaiah 62 as well as significant patterns of soundplay. Ibn Sahl was also a well-known Arabic-language poet whose collection of verse in that language is dominated by lachrymose poems of longing for a distant beloved, many of which yearn for an object of desire called Mūsā, the Arabic name for Moses. Reading the baqqashah together with Ibn Sahl's Arabic poetry invites a wider discussion of the poet's bilingual oeuvre.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 335-354
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-22
Open Access
No
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