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Carta Pecudina Literis Hebraicis Scripta: The Awareness of the Binding Hebrew Fragments in History. An Overview and a Plaidoyer

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The only appropriate denomination of "European Genizah", used to refer to the project of cataloguing and studying the Hebrew manuscripts recycled in book bindings all over Europe, has been recently renamed with the catchier title "Books within books", which it is hoped, should characterize more precisely the shared endeavor. This chapter presents a brief plaidoyer for a comprehensive systematic bibliography of the European Genizah, which would be best hosted on the internet homepage, and for a virtually open collection of testimonies concerning the awareness of the phenomenon of Hebrew manuscripts reused as book bindings or waste paper. During the XIX century and the first three quarters of the XX, there have been occasional discoveries, sudden revivals of interest, followed by a long period of silence, without a hint of European coordination, although the phenomenon has, as it has been later recognized, a decided European dimension.

Keywords: European dimension; European Genizah; Hebrew manuscripts; waste paper



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