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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Joel ben Simeon

(1,126 words)

Author(s): Kogman-Appel, Katrin
Joel ben Simeon was a scribe and illuminator, active in the German Lands and Italy from c. 1445 until his death after 1490. His personal, distinct drawing style is easily recognizable in about 30 manuscripts, among them numerous haggadot demonstrating that he contributed much to establish a popular repertoire of haggadah illustration. ⸙Joel ben Simeon was born in c. 1420, perhaps in Cologne. When the Jews were expelled from that city in 1424, his family may have moved to Bonn, as he later named one or the other of the two cities as his place of o…
Date: 2023-01-31

Joseph ha-Ṣarfati

(538 words)

Author(s): Kogman-Appel, Katrin
Joseph ha-Ṣarfati ( fl. c. 1300) was a miniaturist who is known from only one manuscript, which he decorated in Tudela. Perhaps an immigrant from France, he introduced into the tradition of Hebrew Bible decoration a wealth of Gothic motifs and figural elements. ⸙Joseph ha-Ṣarfati was a Jewish illuminator active in Tudela, Navarre. Our knowledge about him comes from an unusual colophon in a Sephardic Bible commonly known as the Cervera Bible (Lisbon, Biblioteca nacional, MS Il. 72, fol. 449r), which was copied between the summer of 1299 and the spring of 1300 by Samuel ba…
Date: 2023-01-31

Joshua ibn Gaon

(1,174 words)

Author(s): Kogman-Appel, Katrin
Joshua ibn Gaon, a scribe from Soria, Castile, was active between 1299 (at the latest) and c. 1310 in both his home town and in nearby Tudela, Navarre. He signed several Bible manuscripts as either a scribe or a masoretor. While his designs are fairly well known from micrographic patterns, in one of the manuscripts he explicitly states that he also painted the decoration. ⸙Joshua ibn Gaon ( fl. 1299–1310) was a scribe, masran (masoretor), illuminator, and micrographic artist, active in Soria, Castile, and Tudela, Navarre. As he noted in one of his colophons, he was “…
Date: 2023-01-31

Judeo-Arabic, Book Production in

(3,100 words)

Author(s): Vidro, Nadia | Hill, Brad Sabin
1. ManuscriptsJews began to adopt Arabic as their spoken language following the Islamic conquests of the 7th century (the Jews of Arabia spoke Arabic before the rise of Islam). By the 10th century most Jews in the Middle East and Muslim Spain were Arabic speaking. This made Arabic the language of the absolute majority of the Jewish people in the Middle Ages.The earliest preserved Jewish writings in Arabic are datable to the 8th or the 9th centuries, with the bulk of Jewish texts in Arabic dating from the 10th century onward. The majority of Jewish manuscr…
Date: 2023-11-20