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Philology and Aesthetics

Figurative Masorah in Western European Manuscripts

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Edited By Hanna Liss

European Bible manuscripts and their Masorah traditions are still a neglected field of studies and have so far been almost completely disregarded within text-critical research. This volume collects research on the Western European Masorah and addresses the question of how Ashkenazic scholars integrated the Oriental Masoretic tradition into the Western European Rabbinic lore and law. The articles address philological and art-historical topics, and present new methodological tools from the field of digital humanities for the analysis of masora figurata. This volume is intended to initiate a new approach to Masorah research that will shed new light on the European history of the masoretic Bible and its interpretation.

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Rainer Josef Barzen is a Research Associate at the Institute for Jewish Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He studied Jewish Studies and History at the Freie Universität Berlin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Trier University. He holds a PhD for History of Trier University. His major publications include Taqqanot Qehillot Šum. Die Rechtssatzungen der Jüdischen Gemeinden Mainz, Worms und Speyer im hohen und späten Mittelalter [The Ordinances of the Rhenish Communities in Mainz, Worms and Speyer in the High and Late Middle Ages]. (Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Hebräische Texte aus dem mittelalterlichen Deutschland 2). Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 2019, and “West and East in Ashkenaz in the Time of Judah he-Ḥasid.” Jewish History 34 (2021), pp. 1–26.

Dalia-Ruth Halperin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Art of the Talpiot College of Education, Holon, Israel. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a PhD awarded summa cum laude awarded in 2008. Her major publications include a monograph on the Catalan Micrography Mahzor titled Illuminating in Micrography: The Catalan Micrography Mahzor MS Heb 8°6527 in the National Library of Israel. (The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World 51). Brill: Leiden 2013, and numerous articles on micrography. Halperin is a specialist in Hebrew micrography and focusses on the complex ties between the penned texts and the images formed, and on the eschatological and kabbalistic content of such images.

Clemens Liedtke is a specialist of digital humanities...

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