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Late Ashkenazic Qinot In The Nuremberg Maḥzor

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This chapter deals with several major mahzor manuscripts. The largest representation comes from classical eastern qinot, and the predilection of Ashkenazic liturgy for piyyutim by Elazar birabbi Qallir is mirrored in the twenty-three eastern qinot transmitted in the Nuremberg Mahzor. A cluster of nine qinot from this heterogeneous group have no known transmission other than the Nuremberg Mahzor and have not previously been published. It is impossible to know how many other texts were written in Ashkenaz between the late twelfth and the early fourteenth centuries that have not come down, but judging from the qinot transmitted in the Nuremberg Mahzor, late Ashkenazic paytanim engaged all available poetic forms and varied the narratives to a great extent, while always anchoring their compositions in their own medieval reality.

Keywords: Ashkenazic Qinot; Elazar birabbi Qallir; Nuremberg Mahzor; paytanim; piyyutim



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