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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China, Book Production in

(1,494 words)

Author(s): Gilner, David J. | Finkin, Jordan D.
Persian-speaking Jews settled in China by the 10th century; the longest-lived community was in the city of Kaifeng. What survives of their book culture includes Torah scrolls on parchment and manuscript codices written in Hebrew on rice paper, which include biblical texts, liturgies, and a community memorial book. Printing was largely undertaken by Ashkenazic and Sephardic emigrés in the bigger cities during the 20th century. ⸙While there is evidence of earlier settlements, concerted and lasting Jewish communal activity in China dates to the 10th century; its…
Date: 2023-01-31

Christian Hebraism

(11,319 words)

Author(s): Campanini, Saverio
The secular interest of the Christians for Jewish literature, known under the name of Christian Hebraism, shaped in many ways not only the Christian attitude towards Jewish books but also the perception of the Jews themselves of their own literary and religious tradition. The best way to appreciate how deep the impact of the sustained efforts of the Christians - often dominated by polemical preoccupations, to appropriate the heritage of Judaism, especially in the form of books - has been,…
Date: 2023-11-20

Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College (HUC) Klau Library

(733 words)

Author(s): Gilner, David J.
The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) Klau Library, Cincinnati, is the flagship of HUC's four campus library system. With 536,000 printed books, 1,200 active journal subscriptions, 2,500 manuscript codices, 120,000 digital images of music, manuscript codices and scrolls, and early printed books, and numerous non-book collections, including music, maps, bookplates, bindings, stamps, microforms, and ephemera, the Library's Hebraica and Judaica collection is among the strongest in the world. ⸙The Library was established with the founding of HUC …
Date: 2023-01-31