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The Munich Hebrew Palimpsest: Europe's oldest Hebrew book?

24 November 2021, 18:30
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Stefan Jakob Wimmer (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) and Sarah Lemaire (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich)
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wimmer and Sarah Lemaire | © Private photographs

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wimmer and Sarah Lemaire | © Private photographs

Hebrew Palimpsest | © BSB/Clm 29416(01

Hebrew Palimpsest | © BSB/Clm 29416(01

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In book bindings of the former cathedral library of Freising, two parchment sheets were re-used, which had originally belonged to a book scroll written in Hebrew. They were overwritten with Latin texts in the 8th century and are hard to read.

As a Ph. D. student at the Chair for Jewish Studies (Institute for the Near and Middle East) at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Sarah Lemaire is working on a new edition of the religious-lyrical texts (piyutim), which were probably created in southern Italy still in the 7th century. This means that the fragments belong to the oldest known Hebrew book from Europe.

Prof. Stefan Wimmer, specialist for Hebraica at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, informs about the current status of research carried out by an international team of experts.

An event within the scope of the Year of Celebration 2021 Jewish Life in Germany, #2021JLID.
https://2021jlid.de/

Date24 November 2021 → 18:30
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal  (1st floor)
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/U6, bus lines 58/68/153/154, station/bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationRegistration for this event will be open as of 15 October 2021.
AdmissionAdmission is free.
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