MembersModern Biblical Jews

A certain stream in Judaism, the Karaite Jews or also “readers of the Bible”, is not common to everyone.

By David Lazarus |
Photo: Blog Times of Israel

Every morning and evening, in synagogues around the world, Jews pray through the Bible and wait for the Messiah. They are called Karaites, or “Readers of the Bible,” and like Messianic Jews who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, they accept only those Jewish traditions which do not contradict the Hebrew Scriptures. These biblical Jews follow the strict teaching of the Law of Moses and maintain that Rabbinic Judaism and the Oral Torah – traditions eventually codified in the Mishnah and the Talmud – are not God’s authoritative word.

Karaite Jews are known in Israel as Benei Mikra, or Sons of the Scriptures. In Jerusalem, they pray daily in the oldest active synagogue in the world named “The House of Prayer of the Sons of the Scriptures,” which has been in nearly continuous use since it was constructed in the 6th century CE.

Karaite Jews do not celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) like the rest of Judaism in the fall, but, like Messianic Jews, instead commemorate Yom T’ruah, the biblical Day of Trumpets, as instructd in Leviticus 23:24. Karaite...

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