see Anan ben DavidAnan ben David
, fl. 8th cent., Babylonian Jewish theologian, founder of the Ananites from whom the Karaites claim spiritual descent. He is said to have been a descendant of Bostanai ben Chaninai.
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; KaraitesKaraites
or Caraites
, form of Judaism, reputedly founded (8th cent.) in Persia by Anan ben David and originally known as Ananites. Its adherents were called Karaites after the 9th cent.
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(31) Anan's followers were known as Ananites; they eventually coalesced with the group known as Karaites, who then retroactively adopted Anan as one of their own as pater ecclesiae.