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The Amazing Adventures of a Hebrew Manuscript from Medieval England

Start: Nov 21, 2013 06:00 PM

Lecture in conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society of England

Theodor Dunkelgrün, University of Cambridge

Thursday November 21st 

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Hebrew manuscripts produced in medieval England have been attracting increasing scholarly attention. From the groundbreaking work of Cecil Roth and Raphael Loewe to recent scholarship by Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and others, scholars have both shed light on Hebrew manuscripts written by Jews before the expulsion of 1290 and revealed the persistence of Hebraic studies in post-expulsion England. In this lecture, we will trace the extraordinary story of one Hebrew manuscript written in pre-expulsion England. Who wrote it? Who owned it? Who stole it? Who tried to describe it? The history of its transmission and of attempts to decode it will open windows onto a vociferous debate about the authenticity of the Hebrew Bible in Renaissance Europe and onto the emergence of codicology and paleography as modern scholarly disciplines in the 19th century (and finally, its current location will be revealed!). Dr. Theodor Dunkelgrün is a post-doctoral research associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge and a College Research Associate at St John's College, Cambridge. 

Reception from 6pm in the Garden Room, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building

Lecture 6.45pm Pearson lecture theatre (G22), Pearson Building (NE entrance)

Turn left as you enter UCL main gate and follow the outside of the building to the corner.

University College London

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT



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