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'Genizat Germania' - Hebrew and Aramaic Binding Fragments from Germany in Context

"Genizat Germania" is a project at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz focused on the search for and analysis of Hebrew and Aramaic binding fragments found in the books and files of archives and libraries. In recent years this systematic search has revealed several hundred new fragments, including some rare Talmudic, Midrashic and liturgical fragments. The new discoveries both in Germany and elsewhere in Europe have broadened the knowledge of Jewish literature in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. This volume collects the papers of international scholars which cover recent discoveries in Germany, the "European Genizah" or fragments found in Italy, Poland, Great Britain and Austria, the approaches of similar projects in Austria and the Czech Republic, as well as an extensive bibliography.
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CONTENTS Introduction Andreas Lehnardt PART I STUDIES IN `GENIZAT GERMANIA' Puzzling the Past: Reconstructing a Ma_zor from Receipt Wrappings Saskia Doenitz Images Tell a Tale of Place and Time: A Methodological Study of Artwork in Service of Context Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig Reconstructing Manuscripts: The Liturgical Fragments from Trier Elisabeth Hollender Makulierte hebraische Handschriften in Eberhardsklausen-eine bibliotheks- und literaturgeschichtliche Untersuchung Marco Broesch The Discovery of Medieval Targum and Ma_zor Fragments in Freiberg/Saxony Andreas Kunz-Lubcke PART II STUDIES IN THE "EUROPEAN GENIZAH" Hebraische Dokumente und Geschichtsquellen in der "Europaischen Geniza" Abraham David Calamus or Chisel: On the History of the Ashkenazic Script Edna Engel An Early Ashkenazi Fragment of the Babylonian Talmud from the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow Judith Olszowy-Schlanger New Fragments of Unknown Biblical Commentaries from the "European Genizah" Simcha Emanuel 385 Printed Books of the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, Bound with Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts in the Estense Library in Modena Mauro Perani with the cooperation of Emmanuela Mongardi and Ezra Chwat Commentaries on the Azharot and other Liturgical Poems Found in the Bibliotheca Civica of Alessandria Saverio Campanini Ein neues Fragment zu Sifre Devarim Michael Krupp PART III EUROPEAN PROJECTS Genizat Austria: The "Hebrew Manuscripts and Fragments in Austrian Libraries" Project Josef Oesch Hebrew Manuscript Fragments in the Czech Republic: A Preliminary Report Daniel Polakovic PART IV BIBLIOGRAPHY Bibliography of the "European Genizah" Andreas Lehnardt

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Andreas Lehnardt, Ph.D. (1999), Free University of Berlin, is professor of Jewish Studies in Mainz (Germany). He has published on Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Prayer, Hebrew Manuscripts, Jewish libraries and Haskalah. His titles include: Bibliograhie zu den Judischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-roemischer Zeit (1999), Qaddish (2002), Pesahim-Pesachopfer (2004), Die Kasseler Talmud-Fragmente (2007), Taaniyot-Fasten (2008), Die Judische Bibliothek an der Johannes Gutenberg University (2009).

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