ACABS 591 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 003 Archaeology of the Hebrew Book
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The course deals with the history of the Hebrew handwritten book with particular reference to the medieval documents, illustrating the various forms that the texts written in Hebrew took in their about three millennial history, from the epigraph on stone to the scroll, from papyrus to the codex and to the printed book. Students will be introduced as well to the study of medieval Hebrew manuscripts produced by the Jews of Europe, of which it is estimated that only 5 per cent has survived. Particular attention will be devoted to what can be called the “death” of the manuscript, that is its end as a literary work and its reuse for secondary purposes, especially as binding of books and records kept in the European Archives and Libraries. Rich and amazing images, photos and data will be shown in PowerPoint Presentation, and students will learn to read the semi-cursive and cursive script of the three Hebrew writings with exercises performed on the fragments themselves.

Mauro Perani, from the University of Bologna, Italy, is the Fall 08 Judaic Studies Padnos Visiting Professor. An expert in medieval Judaism, Professor Perani is an authority on codicology and paleography of the Hebrew Book.

ACABS 591 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (SEM)
Note: MEETS W/ACABS 491.002
002 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: MEETS W/ACABS 491.003
003 (REC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: MEETS W/JUDAIC 517.001 and HJCS 591.001
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