HEBREW MANUSCRIPT STUDIES:
Codicology, Palaeography, Textual History
3 to 15 July 2016
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Paris)
César Merchán-Hamann (OCHJS & Bodleian Library)
Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented interest in Hebrew manuscripts in various fields of academic Jewish studies. The development of new technologies, online accessibility of the contents of the major European Hebrew manuscript collections, and the creation of manuscript databases and programmes dedicated to the study and preservation of Jewish archives and libraries, have made the manuscripts readily available for scholarly investigation. This access to information has given a new impetus to the return to primary sources in historical research and has encouraged new editorial projects on medieval Hebrew texts.
Together with this renewed dynamism of historical and textual studies, there is a growing awareness of the need to understand the material and cognitive aspects involved in manuscript production and circulation. Students and scholars need to acquire the tools to approach the handwritten medieval sources in their specificity and complexity.
The Summer Workshop in Oxford provides a comprehensive and specialised programme in the fields of Hebrew codicology, palaeography, diplomatics, art history, history of the book and collections, and conservation and digital humanities as applied to Hebrew manuscripts. Several specialists will provide in-depth methodological introduction and research guidance for these fields of Hebrew manuscript studies. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Bodleian Library, which will allow access to original manuscripts in situ for the teaching sessions. Lecturers will include Professor Malachi Beit-Arié, Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Dr. César Merchán-Hamann.