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The Cambridge Genizah Collections: Their Contents and Significance

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This collection of original contributions by an international group of experts summarizes recent developments in Genizah research. It begins with an overview of a century of work on the famous Taylor-Schechter Collection of Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library. The essays are an introduction to important intellectual, religious and social developments in the Jewish communities of the medieval Islamic world. They appeal to scholars with interests in Hebrew and Jewish studies, semitics, religious ...

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Overview

This collection of original contributions by an international group of experts summarizes recent developments in Genizah research. It begins with an overview of a century of work on the famous Taylor-Schechter Collection of Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library. The essays are an introduction to important intellectual, religious and social developments in the Jewish communities of the medieval Islamic world. They appeal to scholars with interests in Hebrew and Jewish studies, semitics, religious studies and aspects of medieval history.

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"This volume is an admirable work on several levels...The contributors have clearly been chosen for their specific levels of expertise, and each original paper reflects a correspondingly high quality of scholarship...This is an excellent resource for any scholar or educated layperson with an interest in Genizah. Moreover, it encourages inquiry into several larger subjects, which are illuminated in the Genizah materials." John D. Brolley
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 A Centennial Assessment of Genizah Studies 1
2 Genizah Manuscripts of Ben Sira 36
3 Targumic Studies and the Cairo Genizah 47
4 The Tannaitic Midrashim 59
5 Two Insights from a Ninth-Century Liturgical Handbook: The Origins of Yequm Purqan and Qaddish de-Hadata 74
6 Judah Halevi: Records of a Visitor from Spain 123
7 Medieval History and Religious Thought 136
8 Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Medieval Mediterranean Area 152
9 On Marital Age, Violence and Mutuality in the Genizah Documents 160
10 Women Speak for Themselves 178
Indexes 217
Plates 241
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