About the project

"Books within books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries" is a European network of scholars working on fragments of medieval Hebrew books and documents recovered from book bindings and notarial files in various libraries and archives in Europe, Israel and USA. Hebrew manuscripts are important and often unique witnesses of Jewish presence and intellectual activities in medieval Europe. Only a small percentage of the books and writings produced in the past have been preserved. The corpus of fragments reused in bindings has considerably enriched our knowledge of medieval Hebrew manuscripts. Thousands of such fragments have been identified in various libraries and collections in Austria, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Czech Republic. The richness and diversity of this corpus, referred to as well as the 'European Genizah', by analogy to the treasure trove of Hebrew fragments recovered from the Cairo Genizah, offers a unique opportunity to reconstruct the history of the Hebrew book and of the Jewish communities in Medieval Europe.

Aims of the project

This European network has two main objectives:

- To provide a framework for collaboration and exchange between existing projects in various European countries, and to diffuse news about major scientific events and publications concerning Medieval Hebrew manuscripts 

- To provide a systematic inventory and description of the Hebrew fragments in a series of Catalogue publications and as an online database accessible to registered users

History and structure of the project

The European network was created in 2007 as the initiative of the chairpersons of several projects which have been carried on at a national level or in a specific library or archive. Several projects have been carried on for many years and have already elaborated a database and/or inventories of Hebrew fragments, others are at a less advanced stage of research. The numbers of fragments identified in each country vary from several dozen (Switzerland) to several thousand (Italy). Coordinated from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France, the network includes today some twenty partners in eight countries.

BwB thanks the following institutions and foundations for their logistic and financial support:

 


WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION (HANADIV) EUROPE

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News

7th Intensive course in Hebrew palaeography

Saturday September 14, 2019

7th Intensive course in Hebrew palaeography, 16th-18th September 2019, Dipartimento di beni culturali, via degli Ariani 1, Ravenna (see program)

Workshop “37 anni di ricerca sui frammenti. Dalla ‘Genizah italiana’ a Books Within Books

Wednesday August 28, 2019

Workshop sul tema
37 ANNI DI RICERCA SUI FRAMMENTI.
DALLA “GENIZAH ITALIANA” A BOOKS WITHIN BOOKS
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Ravenna, 15 settembre 2019, Sala Don Minzoni,
Presso il Seminario Arcivescovile – Piazza Duomo, 4, Ravenna

New Book: C. Tristano (ed.), Frammenti di un discorso storico. Per una grammatica dell’aldilà del frammento

Friday May 10, 2019

A new book on manuscript fragments and membra disiecta has been published in the "Palaeographica" series: C. Tristano (ed.), Frammenti di un discorso storico. Per una grammatica dell’aldilà del frammento,...

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