Germany, partner of the Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries project

The systematic search for the fragments and their cataloguing and publication (with a project of a website) is carried out by a research team under the responsibility of Prof. Andreas Lehnardt, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Some 3000 fragments of Hebrew manuscripts have been identified. Last year, the project received a substantial funding from the DFG, mainly to cover the salaries of research assistants.

Genizat Germania

The Project ‘Genizat Germania’, funded by the German Research Council (DFG), is located at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Under the supervision of Professor Dr. Andreas Lehnardt the project is dedicated to the disclosure and collection of Hebrew parchment fragments hidden in book bindings and wrappers in German libraries and archives. In recent years the systematic search has revealed several hundred new fragments preserved in hitherto unknown places, including some rare Talmudic, Midrashic and liturgical fragments. In some cases it was possible to identify fragments from different places as belonging to the same Codex. The search is still going on. The project aims at the production of a catalogue of all the fragments found and thereby intends to reconstruct the library of the Ashkenazic Jews in the Middle Ages. Moreover, important findings will be edited and put into the context of medieval Jewish literature.
For further information see the web-site:


DFG - Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftJohannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Some recent publications:

Die Kasseler Talmudfragmente, Kassel 2007.
Siddur Raschi" und die Halakha-Kompendien aus der Schule Raschis, in: Daniel Krochmalnik, Hanna Liss, Ronen Reichman (Hg.), Raschi und sein Erbe. Internationale Tagung der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien mit der Stadt Worms, Schriften der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg 10, Heidelberg 2007, pp. 101-124.

Ein neues Einbandfragment des Midrasch Tanchuma in der Stadtbibliothek Mainz, in: Judaica. Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums 63 (2007), pp. 344-356.

Hebräische und aramäische Einbandfragmente in Mainz und Trier - Zwischenbericht eines Forschungsprojekts, in: Andreas Rapp / Michael Embach (Hg.), Rekonstruktion und Erschließung mittelalterlicher Bibliotheken, Beiträge zu den Historischen Kulturwissenschaften 1, Berlin 2008, pp. 45-64.

Hebräische Einbandfragmente in Mainz und Trier, in: XXX. Deutscher Orientalistentag Freiburg i. B., online-Publikationen, Februar 2008 (online).

Ein hebräisches Einbandfragment von Moshe ben Maimons Mishne Tora in der Erzbischöflichen Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln, in: Analecta Coloniensia. Jahrbuch der Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln 6 (2006), pp. 33-65.

Handschriftenfragmente in Halberstadt, in: Gemeinnützige Blätter (Gleimhaus Halberstadt) 17 (2008), pp. 58-64.

"Einem Buchbinder verkauft zu schertz, andere Bücher drein zu binden": Hebräische und aramäische Einbandfragmente aus Frankfurt am Main, in: Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge 34 (2007/8), pp. 1-27.

Verborgene Schätze in Bucheinbänden. Hebräische und aramäische Handschriftenfragmente als Quelle jüdischer Kultur, in: Kirchliches Buch- und Bibliothekswesen: Jahrbuch 2007/08, pp. 89-99.

Genizat Germania - Hebrew and Aramaic Binding Fragments from Germany in Context (Studies in Jewish History and Culture) ed. by Andreas Lehnardt, Leiden: Brill Academic Pub 2010.

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Call for Applications : Two Doctoral Research Contracts in Medieval Hebrew Palaeography

Thursday April 11, 2024

ERC Synergy MiDRASH (Grant N° 101071829)

Application deadline : 30 May 2024 Midnight, Central European Summer Time


Applications open for 2023-2024 HMDA course

Friday September 8, 2023

HMDA: Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palæography, Edition, Cataloguing

The École Pratique des Hautes Études, " the School of Advanced Studies " within Paris Sciences Lettres University, is inviting applications from French and international research students for an online course cluster “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaegraphy, Edition, Cataloguing”.

Deadline: 11 October 2023 (midnight, Paris time)