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Russian Museum of Ethnography

number 2 (8), 2015

Gift Inscriptions as Sources of Indirect Dating and Localization of Hebrew Scrolls

ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD, MUSEUM’S COLLECTIONS AND ARСHIVES
2015
2
127
296.1:091.13
Torah Scroll, Voluminology, Gift Inscription, Torah Case, Torah Mantel, Counting from the Creation

Annotation

One of the specific features of the Jewish culture is the century-old simultaneous existence of books both in the form of a scroll and in the form of a codeх. But while the Hebrew codicology has developed by today some objective criteria for dating and localization of manuscripts, the Hebrew voluminology (i.e. the discipline dealing with scrolls) is still in embryo. This article provides a brief description of the medieval Hebrew scrolls' types and offers some technique for working with indirect sources for scrolls' dating and localization – gift inscriptions on boxes, “robes” and coils' discs.

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