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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Eastern Europe, Book Production in

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Author(s): Baumgarten, Jean | Cohen, Nathan
1. ManuscriptsForthcoming.2. Printed Books2.1. Until c. 1750Jews in Poland and the History of the Jewish bookFrom the Middle Ages onward, Jews began to move eastward to escape persecution, discrimination, and expulsion from Western Europe. They settled in Bohemia, Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine, and these regions became new centers of Jewish life. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Jewish population of the Polish Crown and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was between 10,000 and 30,000. By the middle of the 18th c…
Date: 2023-11-20