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): Garshtein, Niran
1. Medieval 1.1. Astrology Forthcoming 1.2. Astronomy Medieval Jews displayed a vivid interest in the study of astronomy. They contributed to the field in various languages and played an active role in transmitting astronomical knowledge to Latin Europe. Their works cover diverse astronomical topics: the structure of the heavens and earth, planetary motion, lunar and solar ecl…
Date: 2023-01-31


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Author(s): Olszowy-Schlanger, Judith
Sfardata is the name of a database created by the Israeli branch of the Hebrew Paleography Project (HPP), a project created to inventory and study all medieval Hebrew codices prior to 1540, which contain an explicit mention of their date of copy in a scribal colophon, or at least mention the scribe's name. ⸙Sfardata is the name of a database created by the Israeli branch of the Hebrew Paleography Project (HPP), under the direction of Malachi Beit-Arié. The Hebrew Palaeography Project was established in 1965 as a collaboration between the Institut …
Date: 2023-01-31