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The Reconstruction of a Sefer Haftarot from the Rhine Valley: Towards a Typology of Ashkenazi Pentateuch Manuscripts

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This chapter proves that forty-nine haftarah fragments did not offer the opportunity to examine the typology of Ashkenazi Pentateuch manuscripts, with the frequent inclusion of the Five scrolls (megillot) and the haftarot, and to locate the Colmar fragments in this cultural and palaeographical context. It presents numerous questions: Do these fragments belong to a book of haftarot or to a codex including the Pentateuch and haftarot? Was writing in two columns typical? Is the number of lines an essential element of a typology? The Colmar fragments surely belong to a codex that once included the Pentateuch with megillot and haftarot. The study of Colmar fragments also enable us to identify possible links between dating and the ratio of codices, a result that requires further research to confirm and better understand this relationship.

Keywords: Ashkenazi Pentateuch manuscripts; codex; Colmar fragments; haftarah fragments; typology



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