Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Jewish Encounters Series)
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Sacred Trash tells the notable tale of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for tired texts that grew to become out to comprise the main very important cache of Jewish manuscripts ever chanced on.
This story of buried communal treasure weaves jointly unforgettable pix of Solomon Schechter and the opposite smooth heroes liable for the collection’s rescue with explorations of the medieval records themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, funds orders, fiery dissenting non secular tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. proposing a panoramic view of virtually 1000 years of bright Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole convey modern readers into the center of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the dwelling Sea Scrolls.” half biography, half meditation at the superb worth the Jewish humans has lengthy positioned within the written be aware, Sacred Trash is peculiarly a gripping story of experience and redemption.
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)
finish of March, touring domestic at the boat from Port acknowledged without any except the best English Egyptologist of the day, Flinders Petrie, who—while Schechter was once busy emptying the Geniza—had tested the location of the Ptolemaic and Roman-era city of Oxyrynchus, a hundred and twenty miles south of Cairo; that same month huge, immense trash tons were chanced on there that bore an uncanny resemblance to the Geniza and yielded a trove of Greek papyrus rolls: one thousand years’ worthy of tax records, census.
Nahman Bialik—and used to be educated briefly order that his stoop were correct and that he had on his arms a type of mom lode of Hebrew literature. ready via a unmarried nameless copyist both in Egypt or Turkey within the 17th century, the tightly written, two-column manuscript contained a few 4 thousand poems, together with the approximately whole works of a lot of Muslim and Christian Spain’s maximum Hebrew poets (among them Shelomo ibn Gabirol and Moshe ibn Ezra). a few of this paintings were.
Egyptian district of Fayyum simply south of Cairo, Saadia used to be appointed to the location of Gaon (Eminence), or head of the Babylonian academy of Sura, in 928. immediately a conservative and profoundly progressive determine, it used to be Saadia Gaon, as he got here to be identified, who, greater than the other person, introduced medieval japanese Judaism into the “modern global” of Islamic civilization—“transform[ing] nearly past reputation the highbrow and literary agendas of the cultural elite” of his day. As he.
biggest, such a lot formidable manuscript computerization undertaking of any sort, at any place. In his conjoined devotion to company and to Jewish texts, Albert Friedberg himself may perhaps most sensible be obvious as one of those latter-day Salman Schocken—a guy keen to place his cash the place his people’s manuscripts are. yet this sweeping imaginative and prescient of the Geniza as a reconstituted whole—and the hugely complicated software of that imaginative and prescient (carried out in a day by day method by means of a employees of younger ultra-Orthodox ladies at the fourteenth.
not anything that doesn't depart its mark,” Gibson, How the Codex; “ ‘ill-scented’ ammonium,” Gibson, How the Codex; “the motion of universal air,” Lewis, within the Shadow; “like mending damaged chain,” Margaret Gibson to Rendel Harris, Feb. 17, 1895 (WGL 5/5). See additionally Lewis and Gibson, Palestinian Syriac Texts from Palimpsest Fragments. Burkitt’s reviews at the palimpsests are drawn from his Fragments of the Books of Kings, based on the interpretation of Aquila (Cambridge, 1897) and from Burkitt,.