Re: [textualcriticism] New Cairo Genizah book
- Thanks for the information on this new book. I look forward to reading it.
Despite the publisher's blurb, "This is the first accessible, comprehensive account of this astounding discovery," there is another book by Stefan Reif, the director of the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge, which provides an excellent overview, focusing primarily on the Cambridge collection -- A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo (Curzon, 2000). List members will probably be particularjy interested in Reif's chapter 5, "Wholly for Bible."
On 11/2/2010 4:54 AM, Wieland Willker wrote:
Rabbi Mark Glickman
"Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah"
The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue
color & b/w photos, Hardcover
"Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue-the
amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious
In 1896, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the
attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest
treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered. He had
entered the synagogue's genizah-its repository for damaged and destroyed
Jewish texts-which held nearly 300,000 individual documents, many of which
were over 1,000 years old.
Considered among the most important discoveries in modern religious history,
its contents contained early copies of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, early
manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, and other sacred literature. The importance
of the genizah's contents rivals that of the Rosetta Stone, and by virtue of
its sheer mass alone, it will continue to command our attention
This is the first accessible, comprehensive account of this astounding
discovery. It will delight you with its fascinating adventure story-why this
enormous collection was amassed, how it was discovered and the many lessons
to be found in its contents. And it will show you how Schechter's find,
though still being "unpacked" today, forever transformed our knowledge of
the Jewish past, Muslim history and much more."
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany