The present volume of studies on the life and work of Moritz (Moshe) Steinschneider (1816-1907) seeks to modify the traditional view of Steinschneider as a “mere bibliographer” by revealing other dimensions of his scientific personality. Together, the articles show that Steinschneider’s manifold scholarly activities were rooted in a well-defined scientific agenda, which modern readers do not easily recognize but which deserves to be recovered. This volume represents a first attempt to sketch Steinschneider’s intellectual biography and highlights the continued significance of his work for Jewish studies. It is an important contribution to our understanding of the project of nineteenth-century Wissenschaft des Judentums and its lasting impact on contemporary scholarly practice.
Reimund Leicht is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Thought and Philosophy and History of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on philosophy, science, astrology, and magic in ancient and medieval Judaism, and on the Christian Hebraist and Kabbalist Johannes Reuchlin. He is the author of Astrologumena Judaica: Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der astrologischen Literatur der Juden (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006).
Gad Freudenthal is Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris, France and, since 2010, a professor at the University of Geneva. He has written on the history of science in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages, especially in Jewish cultures. His books include: Aristotle's Theory of Material Substance. Form and Soul, Heat and Pneuma (Oxford, 1995), Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Aldershot, 2005) and the edited volumes: Studies on Gersonides - A Fourteenth-Century Jewish Philosopher-Scientist (Leiden, 1992); (with S. Kottek), Mélanges d'histoire de la médecine hébraïque. Études choisies de la Revue de l'histoire de la médecine hébraïque, 1948-1985 (Leiden, 2003); Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). He also is the editor of Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: A Jewish Scholar in 19th-Century Europe Ismar Schorsch The Vision Beyond the Books Michael L. Miller “Your Loving Uncle”: Gideon Brecher, Moritz Steinschneider and the Moravian Haskalah Céline Trautmann-Waller Leopold Zunz and Moritz Steinschneider: Wissenschaft des Judentums as a Struggle against Ghettoization in Science Arndt Engelhardt Moritz Steinschneider's Notions of Encyclopedias Irene Zwiep From Dialektik to Comparative Literature: Steinschneider’s ‘Orientalism’ Reimund Leicht Moritz Steinschneider’s Concept of the History of Jewish Literature Nils Roemer Moritz Steinschneider and the Noble Dream of Objectivity Gad Freudenthal The Aim and Structure of Steinschneider’s Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters. The Historiographic Underpinnings of a Masterpiece and their Untoward Consequences Giulio Busi Steinschneider and the Irrational. A Bibliographical Struggle against the Kabbalah Giuseppe Veltri Steinschneider’s interstitial explanation of magic Part II: The Father of Hebrew Bibliography Judith Olszowy-Schlanger Moritz Steinschneider and the Discipline of ‘Hebrew Manuscripts Study’ Jan Just Witkam Moritz Steinschneider and the Leiden Manuscripts Steven Harvey and Resianne Fontaine Creating a New Literary Genre: Steinschneider's Leiden Catalogue Benjamin Richler Steinschneider's Manuscripts Rachel Heuberger Aron Freimann and the Development of Jewish Bibliography in Germany in the 20th Century Avriel Bar-Levav A Living Citizen in a World of Dead Letters: Steinschneider Remembered Part III: The Study of Medieval Literature, Philosophy and Science Daniel J. Lasker Moritz Steinschneider and Karaite Studies Paul B. Fenton Moritz Steinschneider's Contribution to Judaeo-Arabic Studies Diana Matut Steinschneider and Yiddish Asher Salah Steinschneider and Italy Tony Lévy Mathematik bei den Juden, cent ans après Norman Golb Steinschneider as Historian Part IV: Moritz Steinschneider in Contemporary Research Charles Manekin The Genesis of Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters Andreas Lehnardt and Elisabeth Hollender Genizat Germania. A Projected Comprehensive Electronic Catalogue of Hebrew Fragments Extracted from Bindings of Books or Archival Files in German Libraries and Archives Part V: Documents and Texts Petra Figeac Tracing Steinschneider in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Moritz Steinschneider Der Aberglaube
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