Binding Fragments of Tractate Temurah and the Problem of Lishana Aḥarina

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Binding Fragments of Tractate Temurah and the Problem of Lishana ’Aḥarina offers a critical edition of an important Talmud manuscript of tractate Temurah discovered in the library of New York University. Addressing the unique Lishana ’Aḥarina (“alternative version”) phenomenon present in this tractate, the present volume suggests a new approach for understanding the editing and transmission of tractate Temurah. This volume also includes a thorough discussion of the conservation and treatment of the manuscript fragments, a codicological and paleographical analysis of the fragments, and a synopsis of the entire first chapter of this tractate. The present work is relevant for study of the redaction and transmission of tractate Temurah and the Babylonian Talmud, as well as for the study of Hebrew binding fragments.
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Biographical Note

Matthew Goldstone, Ph.D. (2017), published in Journal of Biblical Literature, Jewish Studies Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, and Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and authored The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (forthcoming).

Lawrence H. Schiffman is Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at New York University. He has published numerous books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Judaism in late antiquity.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures and Plates

Introduction

Lishana ’Aḥarina
 Early Views on Lishana ’Aḥarina
 Jacob Nachum Halevy Epstein
 Eliezer Shimshon Rosenthal
 Additional Discussions of Lishana ’Aḥarina
 New Observations from a Reexamination of the Evidence
 Towards a New Theory of Tractate Temurah
 Lishana ’Aḥarina: The Evidence of Medieval Sources
 Conclusions

The Conservation of Six Talmudic Manuscript Fragments from the Bindings of Three Early 17th Century Choral Books
Anne Hillam, Laura McCann, and Marvin J. Taylor
 Figures 1–6

A Codicological and Paleographical Analysis of the Sabbateni Hebrew Binding Fragments — Bavli Temurah Chapter 1
Edna Engel
 A Proposed Model of the Original Manuscript’s Layout
 Codicological and Scribal Graphic Features
 Scribal Graphic Features (Figure 17)
 Script
 Conclusions
 Figures 7–25

Edition of the Manuscript with Critical Notes
 Synopsis of the lishana ’aḥarina on Temurah 6a

Synopses of NYU Manuscript of BT Temurah, Chapter 1
 Synopsis 1: Frag. 1 Recto, Col. 1 [Septimus Rear Board Front 007; Plates 1 & 2] Temurah 3b
 Synopsis 2: Frag. 1 Recto, Col. 2 [Septimus Rear Board Front 007; Plates 1 & 2] Temurah 3b
 Synopsis 3: Frag. 1 Verso, Col. 1 [Septimus Rear Board Reverse 008; Plates 3 & 4] Temurah 4a
 Synopsis 4: Frag. 1 Verso, Col. 2 [Septimus Rear Board Reverse 008; Plates 3 & 4] Temurah 4b
 Synopsis 5: Frag. 2 Verso, Col. 1 [Septimus Front Board Reverse 006; Plates 7 & 8] Temurah 5a
 Synopsis 6: Frag. 2 Verso, Col. 2 [Septimus Front Board Reverse 006; Plates 7 & 8] Temurah 5a
 Synopsis 7: Frag. 2 Recto, Col. 1 [Septimus Front Board Front 005; Plates 5 & 6] Temurah 5b
 Synopsis 8: Frag. 2 Recto, Col. 2 [Septimus Front Board Front 005; Plates 5 & 6] Temurah 5b
 Synopsis 9: Frag. 3 Recto, Col. 1 [Tenor Front Board Front 009; Plates 9, 10, & 25] Temurah 5b
 Synopsis 10: Frag. 3 Recto, Col. 2 [Tenor Front Board Front 009; Plates 9 & 10] Temurah 6a
 Synopsis 11: Frag. 3 Verso, Col. 1 [Tenor Front Board Reverse 010; Plates 11 & 12] Temurah 6b–6a
 Synopsis 12: Frag. 3 Verso, Col. 2 [Tenor Front Board Reverse 010; Plates 11, 12, & 26] Temurah 6b
 Synopsis 13: Frag. 4 Recto, Col. 1 [Tenor Rear Board Front 011; Plates 13 & 14] Temurah 9b
 Synopsis 14: Frag. 5 Recto, Col. 1 [Cantus Rear Board Front 003; Plates 17 & 18] Temurah 9b
 Synopsis 15: Frag. 4 Recto, Col. 2 [Tenor Rear Board Front 011; Plates 13 & 14] Temurah 9b–10a
 Synopsis 16: Frag. 5 Recto, Col. 2 [Cantus Rear Board Front 003; Plates 17 & 18] Temurah 10a
 Synopsis 17: Frag. 4 Verso, Col. 1 [Tenor Rear Board Reverse 012; Plates 15 & 16] Temurah 10a–10b
 Synopsis 18: Frag. 5 Verso, Col. 1 [Cantus Rear Board Reverse 004; Plates 19 & 20] Temurah 10b
 Synopsis 19: Frag. 4 Verso, Col. 2 [Tenor Rear Board Reverse 012; Plates 15 & 16] Temurah 10b
 Synopsis 20: Frag. 5 Verso, Col. 2 [Cantus Rear Board Reverse 004; Plates 19 & 20] Temurah 10b
 Synopsis 21: Frag. 6 Verso, Col. 1 [Cantus Front Board Reverse 002; Plates 23 & 24] Temurah 12b–13a
 Synopsis 22: Frag. 6 Verso, Col. 2 [Cantus Front Board Reverse 002; Plates 23 & 24] Temurah 13a
 Synopsis 23: Frag. 6 Recto, Col. 1 [Cantus Front Board Front 001; Plates 21 & 22] Temurah 13b
 Synopsis 24: Frag. 6 Recto, Col. 2 [Cantus Front Board Front 001; Plates 21 & 22] Temurah 13b

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This work is of interest to scholars of rabbinic literature, medieval codicology, manuscript production and transmission, and binding fragments of Hebrew manuscripts.

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