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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Kabbalistic Manuscripts and Printed Books

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Author(s): Abrams, Daniel
The history of kabbalistic manuscripts and printed books are considered here, including the self-awareness of the Kabbalists to the written medium and the place of the technology of print and its implications for esotericism. Questions of the invention of the "kabbalistic manuscript" as a construct and "the kabbalistic library" as we know them today are also considered. ⸙Kabbalah (Hebrew: tradition) is a container term used for many different expressions of Jewish mystical and esoteric thinking and practice. There is a lively scholarly debate on the c…
Date: 2023-01-31

Kaufmann, David

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Author(s): Thulin, Mirjam
David Kaufmann was trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau and taught as professor at the rabbinical seminary in Budapest. He became one of the most brilliant scholars and communicators of the Academic Study of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums) in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His outstanding collection of medieval manuscripts and incunabula is preserved until today as "Kaufmann Collection" in the Oriental Department of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. ⸙David Kaufmann (born 1852 in Kojetein in Moravia [Kojetín, Czech Republi…
Date: 2023-01-31