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Bindings of Jewish books fulfilled practical and conceptual functions and could be made by Jews and Christians alike. Focusing on the Middle Ages and Renaissance, this article represents an overview of the activities of Jewish binders with examples of the bindings they produced, and discusses the difficulties involved in tracing the bindings' "Jewish" distinctive features.

Bindings as we know them today were a product of making books in the form of a codex (Codices), which developed in the first centuries of Christianity. Around the 8th century, th…

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Steimann, Ilona, “Bindings”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031723>
First published online: 2022

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