This volume contains fifteen essays in honor of Professor Joseph Yahalom who served as a lecturer at the Hebrew University from 1974 until he became full professor in 1985. The completion of his Warburg price awarded thesis in 1973 marked the start of a long and successful academic career in both Hebrew and Jewish studies, with much emphasis on poetry and poetics. Yahalom’s continuing interest in and research on ancient Piyyut led to a number of editions of Hebrew and Aramaic texts as well as to studies on the early Palestinian vocalization system and the language of Piyyut based on the Genizah findings. In 1983, Yahalom was elected a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language. In 2003, he received the Yizhak Ben-Zvi award for his lifetime study of Jewish history and Hebrew literature. Yahalom’s research on Hebrew medieval liturgical poetry focused on a period of roughly one thousand years, from the days of early Byzantium until the final days of Jewish presence on the Iberian Peninsula and the Sephardic diaspora. His bibliography testifies to his expertise of understanding Hebrew verse, laying much emphasis on the interaction between the Jewish and surrounding cultures, which concur with Yahalom’s overall convictions and views about Jewish literature in context.
Giving a Diamond
Joachim J.M.S. Yeshaya, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
In Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer Joachim Yeshaya offers an edition of liturgical poems composed by the twelfth-century Egyptian Karaite poet Moses Darʿī, which are analyzed as early examples of the introduction of poetry and “memory” into Karaite prayer.
Edited, translated and annotated by Shlomo Sela
This volume offers the first critical edition, accompanied with English translation and commentary, of Sefer ha-Moladot, which addresses the doctrine and the system of continuous horoscopy in nativities, and of Sefer ha-Tequfah, which focuses exclusively on continuous horoscopy in nativities.
In The Genizah Psalms David M. Stec presents an edition of the Hebrew text of MS 798 of the Antonin Collection together with an English translation, introduction, commentary and analysis of language.
Michael Toch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Economic History of European Jews offers a radical revision of demographics and economics. It explains how the presence of Jews was a limited one and their trade was just that, trade by Jews, not “Jewish Trade”.
Efraim Lev, Haifa University and Leigh Chipman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The manuscripts of the Cairo Genizah are a unique source for medieval medical history. In this study, Lev and Chipman offer an insight into the everyday practical medicine of medieval Egypt, as revealed by the prescriptions in the Genizah.
Edited by Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University and Arturo Prats, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The articles of this volume present instantiations of the Hebrew Bible’s deployment in textual and visual forms by Iberian Jewish, Christian and converso exegetes, translators, philosophers, artists, and literary authors between the anti-Jewish riots of 1391 and the Expulsion of 1492.
The responsa in the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection (10th–18th century) offer a vivid window into Jewish social and legal history, wherein one discovers the rich facets of the private and public life of the medieval and early-modern Jewish community.
Through the analysis of transcribed verbal testimonies of the Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century a vision of Jewish Ottoman life as well as a deep understanding of the development of Judeo-Spanish can be appreciated.
This book studies verbal morphological theories expressed in medieval Karaite grammars of Biblical Hebrew, in particular Kitāb al-ʿUqūd fī Taṣārīf al-Luġa al-ʿIbrāniyya. Furthermore, it examines Karaite approaches to the verbal classification and didactic tools used in Karaite pedagogical grammars.
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