Hebrew Manuscripts at Cambridge University Library: A Description and Introduction, Numéro 52

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Cambridge University Press, 9 janv. 1997 - 626 pages
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For some five hundred years, Hebrew books have been counted among the treasures of the University of Cambridge, and Cambridge University Library's current holdings of Hebrew manuscripts (excluding most of the 140,000 fragments in its Genizah collections) are in excess of a thousand items. A wide range of Hebrew literature is represented, with substantial numbers in Bible, Bible Versions and Commentaries, Talmud, Halakhah, Liturgy, Science, Poetry, Philosophy and Kabbalah. The bulk of the material is late mediaeval but there are also earlier items, among them the famous Nash Papyrus from the second pre-Christian century. Although this collection is among the world's most important, attempts, beginning in the mid-Victorian period, to describe it in detail, and to publish the results, have never met with success. In this volume, Stefan Reif, assisted by Shulamit Reif, has attempted to set the situation right by providing careful descriptions that will guide researchers in codicologial matters and will alert them to data of special scholarly significance, without overwhelming them with the kind of prolix treatment that characterised manuscript study in the nineteenth century. The volume has benefited not only from local Cambridge expertise but also from world-wide scholarly co-operation and includes many references to recent publications, as well as a representative selection of photographed folios. There are essays on the history of Hebraists and Hebraic at Cambridge that will interest historians, as well as extensive indexes that will provide easy access to the rich and varied contents of the descriptions.
  

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Ashkenazi French 1314c Daily Liturgy Add 561 SCR 358 ff 68v69r
13
Ashkenazi 1415c Daily Liturgy Add 662 SCR 365 f
14
Sefardi 1415c Provencal Liturgy Add 1203 SCR 393 ff 69v70r
15
Oriental 1213c Yom Kippur Liturgy Add 3159 8 SCR 408 ff 2v3r
16
Ashkenazi 18c Special Prayers Dd 8 34 SCR 449 f
17
Sefardi N African 18c Piyyutim Add 1526 SCR 502 ff 5v6r
18
Italian 18c Science Glossary Add 1492 SCR 548 ff 5v6r
19
Oriental Sefardi? 1781 History of Malabar Jews Oo 11 23 SCR 556 f
20
TALMUD
118
AGGADIC SELECTIONS
144
HALAKHAH
155
LITURGY
215
DESCRIPTIONS OF MANUSCRIPTS continued page
261
PHILOLOGY
298
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
312
RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR POEMS mainly in anthologies
357

Sefardi 1718c Sites in Land of Israel Add 431 SCR 561
22
Italian 15c Medicine Dd 10 68 SCR 613 f
23
Ashkenazi? 17c Botany Ee 5 7 SCR 636 f 338v
24
Yemenite 1819c Poems Or 553 SCR 639 ff 14v15r
25
Italian 1289 Philosophy Add 173 SCR 669 ff 297v298r
26
Ashkenazi 16c Kabbalah Add 505 4 SCR 752 f
27
Oriental 1 113c Karaite Tract Add 3159 10 SCR 891
29
HERBERT LOEWES 1927 PREFACE TO HIS HANDLIST
37
BIBLE TEXTS
47
BIBLE VERSIONS
77
DESCRIPTIONS OF MANUSCRIPTS continued page
92
PHILOSOPHY
370
ETHICS
410
KABBALAH
416
DESCRIPTIONS OF MANUSCRIPTS continued page
480
LEGAL DOCUMENTS
515
LETTERS
529
INDEX TO HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION
551
SOURCES
559
INDEXES continued page
563
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORT TITLES
624
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Reif is Director of Genizah Research and Head of the University Library's Oriental Division in the University of Cambridge.

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