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The Jewish Quarterly Review
One of the most spectacular yet quiet revolutions in the modern study of the history of the Mediterranean world has resulted from the recovery just over a hundred years ago of the contents of an attic storehold in the Ben Ezra Synagogue of Old Cairo. The Cairo "genizah" (the technical, religious term applied to a storage area for consigning, or "hiding away" the worn remains of texts considered narrowly or generally sacred, or even heretical, but in either case unfit for ritual use), has yielded an unprecedented cache of more than 200,000 fragmentary documents, most of which date from the 9th through the 15th centuries CE. The story of a major part of this treasure trove, its origins, rediscovery and relocation from Cairo to Cambridge University, and the significance of its contents is the subject of this much needed survey by Stefan C. Reif.
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Kiron, A. (2003). Review of Stefan C. Reif, A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo: The History of Cambridge University's Genizah Collection. The Jewish Quarterly Review, 92 (3-4), 631-635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jqr.2003.0020
Date Posted: 27 March 2017