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Cambridge University Library Genizah Series : The Cambridge Genizah Collections: Their Contents and Significance Series Number 1 - Stefan C. Reif

Cambridge University Library Genizah Series

The Cambridge Genizah Collections: Their Contents and Significance Series Number 1

Paperback Published: 3rd February 2011
ISBN: 9780521152976
Number Of Pages: 276

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This collection of original contributions by an international group of experts summarizes recent developments in Genizah research. Stefan Reif's overview of a century of work on the famous Taylor-Schechter Collection of Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library is followed by Menahem Kister's textual interpretations of the Ben Sira fragments. Michael Klein uncovers targumic contexts and renderings, while Menahem Kahana demonstrates how Genizah texts permit the reconstruction of early midrashim. Neil Danzig's analysis sheds light on ninth-century prayers and homilies, and Joseph Yahalom chronicles Judah Halevi's last years. Haggai Ben-Shammai assesses S. D. Goitein's contribution to Jewish historiography and touches on Jewish theology, and Paul Fenton reveals that Muslims and Jews often co-operated professionally and sometimes enjoyed close social contact. Mordechai Friedman concentrates on child brides, family violence and Jewish marriage documents, while Joel Kraemer describes letters between women and their relatives. There are extensive indexes as well as 22 plates.

Review of the hardback: 'The editor is to be congratulated for furnishing us with this truly marvellous collection of essays. Each paper is a joy to read and represents the highest attainment in Genizah scholarship.' Siam Bhayro, Journal of Jewish Studies
"This volume is an admirable work on several levels...The contributors have clearly been chosen for their specific levels of expertise, and each original paper reflects a correspondingly high quality of scholarship...This is an excellent resource for any scholar or educated layperson with an interest in Genizah. Moreover, it encourages inquiry into several larger subjects, which are illuminated in the Genizah materials." John D. Brolley

Preface
A centennial assessment of Genizah studies
Genizah manuscripts of Ben Sira
Targumic studies and the Cairo Genizah
The Tannaitic Midrashim
Two insights from a ninth-century liturgical handbook: the origins of
Judah Halevi: records of a visitor from Spain
Medieval history and religious thought
Jewish-Muslim relations in the Medieval Mediterranean area
On marital age, violence and mutuality in the Genizah documents
Women speak for themselves
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ISBN: 9780521152976
ISBN-10: 0521152976
Series: Cambridge University Library Genizah Series, 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 3rd February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 20.32  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.64

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