Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 21, 2002 - Art - 349 pages
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Hebrew manuscripts are our most important source of knowledge about Jewish medieval life, and anyone wishing to engage with Jewish history needs to know about the manuscripts, how to study them, and their literary genres. Colette Sirat offers a comprehensive overview of these subjects in this illustrated introduction. The book is a re-structured, extended and updated version of an earlier presentation in French. It has been translated from the author's revision of her earlier French book, and edited for an English readership, by Hebrew scholar Nicholas de Lange.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The number of manuscripts in Hebrew characters
8
Texts in Hebrew characters and Jewish ideas
14
THE MIDDLE AGES
36
Legal texts
61
Prayers and liturgical poetry
73
Secular literature
79
Philosophy and science
86
Books
102
abbreviations acrostics and the meaning
230
The history of books and texts
234
Some manuscripts
295
Bibliography
320
Index of manuscripts cited
337
Index of modern authors and editors cited
346
Copyright

Miscellaneous writings
93

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About the author (2002)

Colette Sirat is Professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Department of History and Philology, and head of the Hebrew Department, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

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