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Sacred trash : the lost and found world of the Cairo Geniza (2011. Auflage)

von Adina Hoffman, Peter Cole, S. Schechter

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Traces the efforts of two women scholars who recovered what has become the most vital cache of Hebrew manuscripts ever discovered, in an account that explains what the findings reveal about Mediterranean Judaism.
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Titel:Sacred trash : the lost and found world of the Cairo Geniza
Autoren:Adina Hoffman
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Info:New York : Nextbook : Schocken, c2011.
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Interesting that both this book and Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic were published almost simultaneously in 2011, so I decided to read them both back to back. Both detail [and I do mean detail] the history of the discovery of the Cairo Geniza, a repository for old Jewish manuscripts. But this one reads like a scholarly tome, more a history of the scholars who worked on the geniza manuscripts than on the geniza itself.

I was particularly disappointed that Friedburg Geniza project for digitalizing all the known fragments, which will surely revolutionize the study of these manuscripts, was barely mentioned in the .afterword. Even worse, one would never know from this book that the majority of geniza texts are spells, incantations, and instructions for performing these from myriads of ancient magic manuals.

If you want to read one book on the Cairo Geniza, read Mark Glickman's, not this one ( )
  Maggie.Anton | Jul 18, 2014 |
esp as Ross's class is using this as a text, maybe order more
  TBE | Oct 8, 2013 |
There was some fascinating information in this book, but the writing was confusing. It seemed to assume a level of knowledge that I don't have, and it kept jumping in and out of historical time periods. Overall, I'm glad I'd read it. ( )
  aglater | Apr 9, 2013 |
A geniza(h) is a kind of storeroom found in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery, used to store old Hebrew religious texts, as it was forbidden to throw away or destroy any document which contained the name of God. Over time, genizot also came to contain many writings of a secular nature in languages like Yiddish or Ladino, because even personal letters and legal contracts could begin with a divine invocation. The Cairo Geniza is one of the largest medieval genizot, with documents and document fragments numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

The title of this book is a little misleading—Sacred Trash is really more a collection of linked biographies about key scholars, such as Solomon Schechter and S.D. Goitein, who've worked on the Cairo Geniza since its "discovery" in the late 19th century. To that extent, it may be a little dense for someone who doesn't have much background in the area; certainly, while I've read some about this Geniza before, and about the Jewish community of Fustat, there were parts that went over my head. Hoffman and Cole do seem to assume a Jewish readership, or at least a readership which has done more focused reading in the area than I have. Still, I think if you do have an interest in the area, or even just in the role of serendipity, chance, and hard work in scholarly endeavours, Sacred Trash makes for a very interesting read. ( )
1 abstimmen siriaeve | Mar 24, 2013 |
I was quite disappointed in the writing of this book. This is the story of the discovery and much of the organization of a Genizah in Old Cairo. However, I found the writing of this book and its organization very poor and confusing. There were many run-on sentences. ( )
  suesbooks | Dec 26, 2011 |
If the authors' rendition of Hebrew verse is exquisite, their expository prose is charmingly breezy. They describe a palimpsest "as a kind of medieval Etch A Sketch pad," and quite rightly compare some of the work of Geniza scholars to the popular television gameshow Jeopardy!, where the answer is provided, and the trick is to come up with the question that prompted it. Though aimed at the wider public, Sacred Trash has much to satisfy the academic reader as well. The authors' grasp of the scholarly issues in Geniza research and the rich, discursive endnotes show that they have read a great deal of the academic literature in Hebrew and English. Most readers will skip the endnotes, but they are well worth reading for anyone who wants to pursue the topic.
 

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