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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Oral Tradition and Writing in the Rabbinic Culture of Late Antiquity: Between Qumran and the Cairo Genizah

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Author(s): Alexander, Philip
The present essay is about Hebrew-script book culture, and more specifically rabbinic book culture in late antiquity - the talmudic era in Judaism (c. 100 - c. 800 CE). Though a substantial corpus of literature survives, including all the classic works of rabbinic Judaism, Hebrew book culture in late antiquity is hard to reconstruct as these works survive only in medieval copies. ⸙Parameters of the Present StudyHebrew book culture in late antiquity – the talmudic era in Judaism (c. 100 – c. 800 CE) – is hard to reconstruct. The basic problem is not that we lac…
Date: 2023-01-31