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Text and Book in Jewish Manuscript and Early Print Culture

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Author(s): Stern, David
This chapter discusses the fluid and complex relationship between "text" (the verbal component of a written work) and "book" (the material form in which the text is inscribed) in Jewish literary culture from the manuscript through the age of early print. Aspects of their intersection discussed include the extra-textual symbolism of the book, scribal interventions in the text in the course of production, and the impact of page layout on the meaning and reception of the text. ⸙IntroductionThe terms “text” and “book” are often considered to be synonymous. They are not. As I…
Date: 2023-01-31