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Sacred Treasure - the Cairo Genizah : The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic - Rabbi Mark Glickman

Sacred Treasure - the Cairo Genizah

The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9781580234313
Number Of Pages: 288

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Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue—the amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious scholarship.

In 1897, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered. He had entered the synagogue's genizah—its repository for damaged and destroyed Jewish texts—which held nearly 300,000 individual documents, many of which were over 1,000 years old.

Considered among the most important discoveries in modern religious history, its contents contained early copies of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, early manuscripts of the Bible, and other sacred literature. The importance of the Genizah's contents rivals that of the Rosetta Stone, and by virtue of its sheer mass alone, it will continue to command our attention indefinitely.

Sacred Treasure—The Cairo Genizah is the first accessible, comprehensive account of this astounding treasure trove of documents and their discovery. It will delight readers with its fascinating adventure story—why this enormous collection was amassed, how it was discovered and the many lessons to be found in its contents. And it will show readers how Schechter's find, though still being "unpacked" today, forever transformed our knowledge of the Jewish past, Muslim history and much more

"Gripping.... With descriptive flair, [this] is a page-turner, a fast-paced archaeological mystery, a globe-trotting adventure, and a wonderful story. Highly recommended!" Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; president, Synagogue 3000; author, The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth

"Brings this adventure vibrantly to life, taking the reader on a fascinating journey . Accessible and engaging a great introduction to a complex story of scheming, scholarship, and sensation." Dr. Rebecca J. W. Jefferson, head of the Price Library of Judaica, University of Florida; former researcher, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University

"Fascinating ... well researched and enthusiastic, [it] offers a wonderfully enjoyable introduction to a subject that deserves far more attention than it has received thus far." Donald P. Ryan, PhD, division of humanities, Pacific Lutheran University

If there were a religious wonders of the world list, the Cairo Genizah would be near the top of it; and Rabbi Mark Glickman its indispensable eloquent, wry and knowledgeable guide. Melissa Fay Greene, author, The Temple Bombing

With an exhilarating enthusiasm and an eye for curious detail, Mark Glickman relates the tale of the recovery of this momentous archive and examines its impact on our interpretation of the Jewish past. Ben Outhwaite, director, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University

Traces with page-turning enthusiasm the discovery, study, and significance of the Cairo Genizah. Recommended for Jewish studies classes, book groups, and synagogue adult study classes. A joy to read! Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, professor of rabbinic literature, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from The Rabbis of the Talmud"


"Gripping.... With descriptive flair, [this] is a page-turner, a fast-paced archaeological mystery, a globe-trotting adventure, and a wonderful story. Highly recommended!"
--Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; president, Synagogue 3000; author, The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth

"Brings this adventure vibrantly to life, taking the reader on a fascinating journey.... Accessible and engaging ... a great introduction to a complex story of scheming, scholarship, and sensation."
--Dr. Rebecca J. W. Jefferson, head of the Price Library of Judaica, University of Florida; former researcher, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University

"Fascinating ... well researched and enthusiastic, [it] offers a wonderfully enjoyable introduction to a subject that deserves far more attention than it has received thus far."
--Donald P. Ryan, PhD, division of humanities, Pacific Lutheran University

"If there were a religious wonders of the world list, the Cairo Genizah would be near the top of it; and Rabbi Mark Glickman its indispensable--eloquent, wry and knowledgeable--guide."
--Melissa Fay Greene, author, The Temple Bombing

"With an exhilarating enthusiasm and an eye for curious detail, Mark Glickman relates the tale of the recovery of this momentous archive and examines its impact on our interpretation of the Jewish past."
--Ben Outhwaite, director, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University

"Traces with page-turning enthusiasm the discovery, study, and significance of the Cairo Genizah. Recommended for Jewish studies classes, book groups, and synagogue adult study classes. A joy to read!"
--Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, professor of rabbinic literature, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from The Rabbis of the Talmud

Prologuep. xi
Introduction: Treasures in the Synagogue Atticp. 1
The Genizah Momentp. 13
Solomon Schechter: The Rabbi of Christ's Collegep. 31
"The Giblews": The Sisters, Their Adventures, and the Documents That Opened the Genizahp. 42
May 13, 1896p. 53
A Battlefield of Booksp. 64
Unpacking the Boxesp. 92
More Treasures Come to Light: The Genizah after Schechter, 1902-50p. 115
Professor Genizah: Shelomo Dov Goitein and the Mediterranean Society He Uncoveredp. 133
Sheet Music, Long-Lost Talmud, and a Lame and Decrepit Female Hyena: The Second Half-Century of Genizah Researchp. 157
The Genizah Todayp. 179
The Friedberg Genizah Projectp. 201
Conclusion: Sacred Treasurep. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Notesp. 235
Photo Creditsp. 247
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781580234313
ISBN-10: 1580234313
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54