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Reconstructing Manuscripts: The Liturgical Fragments From Trier

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Using the example of liturgical fragments from the Stadtbibliothek Trier, this chapter discusses how studying these fragments can contribute to current knowledge of medieval Ashkenazic culture. Bassfreund ascribed the one hundred thirteen and a half liturgical fragments from Trier to five different manuscripts, according to the dimensions of the page, the number of lines per page and the style of its script. The liturgical fragments from Trier number among the few material remains from Minhag Tsarfat that can support the assertion that the boundary that divided Western Ashkenazic and Tsarfatic Minhagim differed from the medieval border of France and Germany. The five Hebrew manuscripts attested to in the Trier fragments share an unusual feature: their precise location at the end of the fifteenth century is known with certainty, namely the bindery of the Augustine convent at Eberhardsklausen near Wittlich, located in the electorate of Trier, in the Upper Moselle Valley.

Keywords: Bassfreund; Hebrew manuscripts; liturgical fragments; Minhag Tsarfat; Stadtbibliothek Trier



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