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): Nadler, Steven | Hill, Brad Sabin
1. LatinBento (Baruch) de Spinoza (1632-1677) was born and educated within the Portuguese-Jewish community of Amsterdam. The language they spoke in the home was Portuguese; their works of high literature were in Spanish; and Hebrew was taught in the school. Spinoza himself was a learned Hebraist; he even wrote a Compendium of Hebrew Grammar (Compendium grammatices linguae Hebraeae; Grammars and Dictionaries (Hebrew) ) toward the end of his life. However, all of his writings were originally composed in Latin. This was the lingua franca of the European Rep…
Date: 2023-11-20