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): Reif, Stefan
Siddur is an abbreviation of siddur ha-tefillot, meaning "the order of prayers," having been used since the late Middle Ages to describe any kind of rabbinic prayer book. The geonim of the 9-10th centuries produced the first such compositions, which expanded in coverage, physical format, and the recording of various rites in manuscript codices and early printed editions. When 19th-century forms of Judaism emerged, the siddur became the vehicle for innovative content, presentation and style. ⸙ The word siddur (Hebrew: סידור) bears the sense of “order”…
Date: 2023-04-01