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Geniza
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I. General – II. Geniza in Cairo

I. General

The earliest occurrences in Hebrew literature of the root gnz, from which the word “genizah” is derived, are found in late sections of the Hebrew Bible where it refers to the storage of valuable items. In the wider field of Semitics the root has the meanings of “hide,” “cover,” “bury.” In early rabbinic literature the term is used to describe special treasures stored away by God, such as the Torah and the souls of the righteous. In Jewis…

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Reif, Stefan C., “Geniza”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08391>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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