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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Farissol, Abraham

(677 words)

Author(s): Engel, Edna
Abraham Farissol (b. 1452; d. after 1528) is renowned as a skilled, prolific scribe who also conducted an impressive career as an author, teacher, community leader, musician, and cantor. The more than fifty-four extant manuscripts penned by him provide evidence of his lifelong activity as a Sephardi immigrant scribe in northern Italy and demonstrate his individual handwritings and book-making art alongside his skills as a teacher and publisher. ⸙Abraham Farissol (b. 1452; d. after 1528) is especially renowned as a skilled, prolific scribe. More than fifty-four m…
Date: 2023-01-31


(793 words)

Author(s): Cilia Werdmölder, Rachel
A Festschrift is an edited volume of articles dedicated to a scholar, institution, or society, often presented on the occasion of a notable event in the honoree's career, an anniversary thereof, or as a memorial. Developed in 19th-century Germany, Festschriften became a genre of international academic publishing by the mid-20th century. Jewish academics were early adopters of the format and developed specifically Jewish forms of Festschriften, such as Festschriften honoring communities destroyed during the Shoah. ⸙A Festschrift, or liber amicorum, is an edited volume o…
Date: 2023-01-31