Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online

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Being an encyclopedia on book cultures rather than book contents, this work places textuality and materiality of the book in the center of its investigation. The singularity of the Jewish book can only be understood in full if it is studied in its broader cultural and intercultural context. This encyclopedia does that by focusing on the paleographic features, intended function, cultural significance, readership, acceptance, and design of particular books and genres, as well as the producer-consumer relations involved in the making and circulating of books. It covers more than 2000 years of Jewish book cultures from all corners of the earth.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online will appear before the print edition and features full-text searchable, richly illustrated articles. The print edition will be released after all online content is complete and will include one introductory volume, dealing with the fundamental research questions in the wide field of Jewish Book History, followed by three alphabetically organized volumes, offering a classic entry-by-entry encyclopedia, with articles of greatly varying length. The online work reflects this framework and presents the introductory essays as a separate, but strongly intertwined, section.

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Author(s): Tohar, Vered | Rosenzweig, Claudia | Bar-Levav, Avriel | Caplan, Marc | Nethanel, Lilah
1. Middle Ages1.1. HebrewPrefaceThe rich and diverse medieval Hebrew literature that appeared between the 7th and the 16th centuries was inspired by traditional Jewish sources (adaptations of biblical and rabbinic tales), as well as by contemporary Arab and Christian literature (by means of genres, such as the maqamah, diwan, and sonnet, and themes, motifs, and cultural symbols). Although many of the authors of the Hebrew essays written in this period are unknown (e.g. Sefer ha-Maʿasim [The Book of Tales]), some are known (e.g. Berechiah ha-Nakdan’s Mišlei šuʿalim [Fox Fables]).As …
Date: 2023-11-20

Ben Sira

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Author(s): Reif, Stefan
Yeshuʿa ben Sira was a Jerusalem sage of the early part of the 2nd century BCE who compiled a Hebrew book of proverbs, combining contemporary wisdom with Torah traditions. His book was mentioned in rabbinic literature but it was his grandson's Greek translation that formed the basis for the text adopted as canonical by the Early Church. Since 1896, much of the Hebrew text has been reconstructed from numerous Genizah fragments. ⸙ Yeshuʿa ben Eleʿazar ben Sira was a Jewish sage living in Jerusalem in the early part of the 2nd century BCE. In ap…
Date: 2023-03-01