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An Early Ashkenazi Fragment Of The Babylonian Talmud From The Czartoryski Museum In Cracow

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Several existing scientific projects can boast of numerous important discoveries of Hebrew manuscripts and texts in the bookbindings in various European collections. This recognition is due to two main disciplinary factors: on the one hand, the development of Hebrew codicology and palaeography as an independent discipline, and on the other hand, an awareness of the importance of the physical aspects of manuscripts to the history of the transmission of the texts. This chapter presents a fragment of the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Berakhot 8b, included in the binding of a Latin manuscript from the Library of the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow. The identification of a new fragment of Berakhot is important for the study of the textual transmission of the Talmudic text. Although the Babylonian Talmud is the best represented rabbinic text among "European Genizah" fragments, the early witnesses of each particular tractate are not many.

Keywords: Ashkenazi fragment; Babylonian Talmud; Czartoryski Museum; Hebrew manuscripts



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