Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Reused as Book-bindings in Italy

European Genizah Texts and Studies, Volume 6


This richly illustrated volume offers the most comprehensive and updated survey on about sixteen thousand Hebrew manuscript fragments reused as book-bindings and preserved in hundreds of libraries and archives in Italy. Contributions by the leading scholars in the field elucidate specific collections and genres no less than individual fragments, bringing to new life a forgotten library of medieval Jewish books, as almost 160 Talmudic codices, which include the Mishna, Tosefta, Palestinian Talmud and, for the most part, the Babylonian one, and several hitherto unknown texts. The contribution of these fragments to the ongoing research on the “European Genizah”, as the Books within Books Project, and to Jewish Studies in general cannot be overestimated.

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Mauro Perani, Ph.D. h.c. by the Hebrew University, was full professor of Hebrew at the Bologna University until 2019 and has served as director and editor of the Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo’s review Materia giudaica since 2000. In 2008 he founded the Corpus Epithaphiorum Hebraicorum Italiae book series. He has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles on themes pertaining to Judaism. His publications can be found on the website
List of Illustrations

1 Foreword
Israel Ta-Shma, zal

2 Introduction
Mauro Perani

Part 1: General Description and History

3 Manuscripta manent: “Books within Books”, an Overview
Emma Abate and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

4 “The Italian Genizah”: an Unexpected New Source of Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts
Benjamin Richler

5 Death and Rebirth of Hebrew Manuscripts
Mauro Perani

6 Ashkenazic Responsa in the Italian Genizah
Simcha Emanuel

7 The “Italian Genizah”: Features and Report on Forty Years of Research
Mauro Perani

8 The “European Genizah”: Between Hope and Reality
Simcha Emanuel

Part 2: Bible and Its Commentaries

9 11th–12th-Century Biblical Manuscripts from the “Italian Genizah” and Their System of Vocalization
Chiara Pilocane

10 The Importance of the “Italian Genizah” for the Study of Yosef Qara’s Biblical Commentaries
Avraham Grossman

Part 3: Talmudic and Halakhic Texts

11 The Talmudic Fragments of the “European Genizah”
Yaaqov Sussmann

12 An Important Manuscript of the Mishnah in the “Italian Genizah”
Gad Ben-Ammi Sarfatti, zal

13 The Most Ancient Fragment Found in the “Italian Genizah”: the Tosefta of Norcia (ca. 1000 BCE)
Mauro Perani and Günter Stemberger

14 Eight New Pages of an 11th-Century Talmud Yerushalmi Megillah and Ḥagigah from the State Archives of Bologna
Mauro Perani

15 The Talmud Yerushalmi from Bologna, Probable Vorlage of Ms. Leiden: the New Fragments from Megillah and Ḥagigah
Günter Stemberger

16 The She’iltot de-Rav Aḥai from the 10th–11th Century Found in Ravenna
Pinchas Roth

17 The Travel of the 10th–11th-Century She’iltot de-Rav Aḥai from Sicily-Maghreb to Ravenna via Ferrara and an Important Purchase Note
Mauro Perani

18 Juridical Books Bound in 16th-Century Bologna with Folios from a 12th-Century Manuscript of Halakhot Gedolot, Found in Bologna and in Leipzig University Library
Mauro Perani

19 The Bologna Fragments of Halakhot Gedolot and Their Relation to the Italian Textual Tradition of the Book
Roni Shweka

Part 4: Midrashic Texts

20 The Pages of the Halakic Midrashim in the Nonantola and Modena Archives
Menahem Kahana

21 Pages from a New Manuscript of Sifre on Numbers and Deuteronomy in the Estense Library in Modena
Menahem Kahana

Part 5: Kabbalah

22 Fragments of Kabbalistic Works from the “Italian Genizah”: An Updated Survey
Saverio Campanini

Bibliography on the “Italian Genizah” and “European Genizah” 1915–2021
Mauro Perani and Emma Abate

Librarians, historians of the book, (post-graduate) students, biblists, and palaeographers of the Hebrew language and writing.
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