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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1121: Jewish Craftspeople and Their Material Evidence, II: Writing, Illuminating, and Binding Books

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Andreas Lehnertz, Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier
Moderator/Chair:Zvi Orgad, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Respondent:Haida Liang, Department of Physics, Nottingham Trent University
Paper 1121-aMaterial and Holiness: The Consecration of Parchment for Ritual Use in the Medieval Jewish Diaspora
(Language: English)
Annett Martini, Institut für Judaistik, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1121-bMakers, Movement, and Meaning: The Carpet Pages of Iberian Hebrew Bibles
(Language: English)
Julie Harris, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1121-cConfirmation of Identity: Uncovering the Working Methods of an Artist-Scribe in a 15th-Century Hebrew Prayer Book Using Spectral Imaging Techniques
(Language: English)
Suzanne Wijsman, Conservatorium of Music, University of Western Australia, Crawley
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science

Recent research showed there is more evidence for Jewish craftspeople in medieval Europe than previous studies assumed. Jews worked in different professions - not only within their community - and hence with a wide range of materials: ritual pure parchment was needed to create Torah scrolls and codices for the synagogue service, shofarot were made by ram's horns and goldsmiths handled precious materials like gold, silver or pearls. The sessions will focus on this wide range of topics from an interdisciplinary approach and discuss questions about legal conditions, ritual requirements, and interactions with the Christian Environment.