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During the reign of the Byzantine emperor Constantine V (Circa 4502, circa 742 c.e.), Khazar Turks from the region of Bukhara invaded the Crimea. Karaite writers in Byzantium and elsewhere deride the Khazars, call them enemies of Israel, and even equate the name Khazar with the Hebrew word Mamzer (see Ya‘aqov Ben-Re’uven’s [11th - 12th century c.e.] Sefer Ha‘Osher as well as the commentaries of Yefet Ben-‘Ali [10th century c.e.] and Yeshu‘ah Ben-Yehudah [11th century c.e.]). Khazars were Qaraims not Qaraites and that was the basis of the animosity between the two groups. One eleventh‑century Hebrew author, Japheth ibn‑Ali, himself a Karaite, explains the word mamzer, 'bastard,' by the example of the Khazars who became Jews without belonging to the Race. His contemporary, Jacob ben‑Reuben, reflects the opposite side of this ambivalent attitude by speaking of the Khazars as 'a single nation who do not bear the yoke of the exile, but are great warriors paying no tribute to the Gentiles.' Here are examples from the Hebrew documents about how the Khazars have converted to Judaism. There is a document originally written in Arabic by Yehuda ha Levi in 1140. According to this document, the conversion took place in 740 AD. The Karaite writer Jacob ben Reuben referred to the Khazars in Sefer ha-Osher as "a single nation who do not bear the yoke of the exile, but are great warriors paying no tribute to the Gentiles." Jacob ben Reuben. Sefer ha-Osher. Gozlow, 1834 (на евр. яз.)



Qaraite "Trinity" described by Al-Ukbari and Nahawendi consisting of God being revealed through Kisse (The Sovereign aspect), Kabod (the Glory) and the Malek (The Archangel).

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