is a Jewish religious movement characterized by the recognition of the Tanakh alone as its supreme authority in Halakha (Jewish religious law) and theology.It is distinct from mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, which considers the Oral Torah, as codified in the Talmud and subsequent works, to be authoritative interpretations of the Torah.Karaites maintain that all of the divine commandments handed down to Moses by God were recorded in the written Torah without additional Oral Law or explanation.As a result, Karaite Jews do not accept as binding the written collections of the oral tradition in the Midrash or Talmud.
Speaking as an English person, however I try saying appam — fast, slowly, shouting, whispering, with a lisp, with a plum in my mouth — I do not arrive at hoppers.
Karaite Judaism holds every interpretation of the Tanakh to the same scrutiny regardless of its source, and teaches that it is the personal responsibility of every individual Jew to study the Torah, and ultimately decide personally its correct meaning.
Karaites may consider arguments made in the Talmud and other works without exalting them above other viewpoints.
According to Rabbi Abraham ibn Daud, in his Sefer Ha Qabbalah, the Karaite movement crystallized in Baghdad in the Gaonic period (circa 7th–9th centuries) under the Abbasid Caliphate in what is present-day Iraq.
This is the view universally accepted among Rabbinic Jews.