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The Cambridge Genizah Collections
Their Contents and Significance


Part of Cambridge University Library Genizah Series

Stefan C. Reif, Menahem Kister, Michael L. Klein, Menahem Kahana, Neil Danzig, Joseph Yahalom, Haggai Ben-Shammai, Paul B. Fenton, Mordechai A. Friedman, Joel L. Kraemer
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521152976

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  • This collection of original contributions by an international group of experts summarizes recent developments in Genizah research. Stefan Reif's overview of a century of work on the famous Taylor-Schechter Collection of Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library is followed by Menahem Kister's textual interpretations of the Ben Sira fragments. Michael Klein uncovers targumic contexts and renderings, while Menahem Kahana demonstrates how Genizah texts permit the reconstruction of early midrashim. Neil Danzig's analysis sheds light on ninth-century prayers and homilies, and Joseph Yahalom chronicles Judah Halevi's last years. Haggai Ben-Shammai assesses S. D. Goitein's contribution to Jewish historiography and touches on Jewish theology, and Paul Fenton reveals that Muslims and Jews often co-operated professionally and sometimes enjoyed close social contact. Mordechai Friedman concentrates on child brides, family violence and Jewish marriage documents, while Joel Kraemer describes letters between women and their relatives. There are extensive indexes as well as 22 plates.

    • An important summary of recent developments in Genizah research
    • An overview of the contents of the Cambridge Genizah manuscripts
    • An introduction to important intellectual, religious and social developments in the Jewish communities of the medieval Islamic world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'The editor is to be congratulated for furnishing us with this truly marvellous collection of essays. Each paper is a joy to read and represents the highest attainment in Genizah scholarship.' Siam Bhayro, Journal of Jewish Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521152976
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A centennial assessment of Genizah studies Stefan C. Reif
    2. Genizah manuscripts of Ben Sira Menahem Kister
    3. Targumic studies and the Cairo Genizah Michael L. Klein
    4. The Tannaitic Midrashim Menahem Kahana
    5. Two insights from a ninth-century liturgical handbook: the origins of Yequm Purqan and Qaddish de-Hadata Neil Danzig
    6. Judah Halevi: records of a visitor from Spain Joseph Yahalom
    7. Medieval history and religious thought Haggai Ben-Shammai
    8. Jewish-Muslim relations in the Medieval Mediterranean area Paul B. Fenton
    9. On marital age, violence and mutuality in the Genizah documents Mordechai A. Friedman
    10. Women speak for themselves Joel L. Kraemer.

  • Editor

    Stefan C. Reif, University of Cambridge

    Assisted by

    Shulamit Reif


    Stefan C. Reif, Menahem Kister, Michael L. Klein, Menahem Kahana, Neil Danzig, Joseph Yahalom, Haggai Ben-Shammai, Paul B. Fenton, Mordechai A. Friedman, Joel L. Kraemer

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