Long-term project funded by the German Research Foundation

      

Corpus Masoreticum, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies
The Inculturation of the Masorah in Western European Jewish Learning Culture from the 11th to the 14th Centuries. Digital Development of a Forgotten Culture of Knowledge.

Long-term project at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies

Funded by the German Research Foundation

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Hebrew Philology, Ashkenazic Manuscripts, and Digital Humanities: The Masorah of the Hebrew Bible has come down to us in various recensions within Biblical codices as well as in separate treatises. Until today, only the oriental Masoretic tradition has been dealt with in a scholarly fashion. The aim of this project is the first ever scientific engagement with the Western European (Ashkenazic) Masorah tradition between the 11th and 14th centuries, which differs from the oriental Masorah not only with respect to philological content but also regarding its layout and mise en texte as masora figurata. By means of certain exegetical and artistic features, the Ashkenazic scholars tried to integrate the oriental Masoretic tradition that was originally developed as linguistic grammatical knowledge vis à vis Islamic punditry into Western European Rabbinic lore and law.

This inculturation was conceivably influenced by the Christian environment (theology; iconography, book illumination, architecture). The anticipated results in this project will shed new light on the European history of the Masoretic Bible and its interpretation, and yield important scientific impulses not only for Jewish Studies, but also for Jewish and Christian theology as well as medieval art history.

The philological work will be integrated into a digital work environment (BIMA Biblical Masora database), which will be hosted by the Abraham Berliner Center at the Center for Jewish Studies Heidelberg, and whose edition files and raw data will be incorporated by the University library Heidelberg after the project's termination.

Ashkenazic Masorah

The Inculturation of the Masorah in Western European Jewish Learning Culture from the 11th to the 14th Centuries

Editing Masorah Digitally

Combining Hebrew Philology and Digital Humanities

BIMA 2.0

Our Digital Editing Platform

The CM Team

About our Researchers

Ashkenazic Masorah

The Inculturation of the Masorah in Western European Jewish Learning Culture from the 11th to the 13th Centuries

Editing Masorah Digitally

Combining Hebrew Philology and Digital Humanities

BIMA 2.0

Our Digital Editing Platform

The CM Team

About our Researchers

Recent Publications
Liss, Jüdische Bibelauslegung (2020)

Hanna Liss

Jüdische Bibelauslegung

UTB Jüdische Studien 4
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2020

Petzold, Masora und Exegese (2019)

Kay Joe Petzold

Masora und Exegese

Materiale Textkulturen 24
Berlin: de Gruyter 2019

Partners
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
URZ Heidelberg
Heidelberg Forum Edition
Abraham Berliner Center Heidelberg
Books within Books
DEAF Heidelberg
German Bible Society (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft)
Hebräische Fragmente in Österreich
Manuscripta Bibliae Hebraicae, Aix-en-Provence
SFB 933 Materiale Textkulturen, Universität Heidelberg
Scripta, PSL Paris