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Newly Discovered Hebrew Fragments in the State Archive of Amberg (Bavaria)—Some Suggestions on Their Historical Background

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In 2009, a re-investigation of the known Hebrew manuscript fragments in the archives of Upper Palatinate and in adjoining regions resulted in the discovery and identification of numerous new and previously unknown binding fragment, mainly in the Amberg State Archives. The remarkable feature of the discoveries made in the Amberg State Archives is that, unlike similar discoveries made in other comparable holdings and with the exception of a few individual items, it has actually been possible to identify the sources of the fragments. Most of the fragments in the Amberg State Archives, a total of twelve, formed part of a copy of the Mishne Torah, a well-known legal codex written by Moshe ben Maimon, commonly known as Maimonides. Among the fragments of the Hebrew Bibles, remnants of books of haftarah are also preserved in Amberg.

Keywords: Amberg State Archives; binding fragment; haftarah; Hebrew Bibles; Hebrew manuscript fragments; Mishne Torah; Upper Palatinate



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