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Do Halakhic texts talk history?
h [electronic resource] :
b the medieval legal Hebrew text Or zarua as a primary historical source.
[Tampa, Fla. :
University of South Florida Tampa Library, Special Collections Dept.,
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Title from Symposium home page (viewed Feb. 13, 2009).
Paper presented Feb. 22, 2008 during the Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium, held at the University of South Florida and organized by the Special Collections Dept. of the USF Tampa Library.
Or zarua ("light is sown," Psalms 97:11) is one of the most important medieval Jewish legal (halakhic) codes, written by Isaac ben Moses of Vienna (ca. 1180-1250). Only two medieval manuscripts of Or zarua have survived. One is kept in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Jewish Special Collection of the Library of the University of Amsterdam; the other is in the British Library in London. Or zarua represents a sophisticated interweave of Talmudic texts, halakhic responsa, discussions of customs of medieval German and French Jewries, historical events and contemporary science. Besides, it contains unique information on the daily contacts between medieval Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. This presentation addresses the text of Or zarua as a primary historical source. This approach is innovative though not entirely unproblematic, since rabbinic legal codes were never intended to record actual historical events.
Isaac ben Moses,
d ca. 1200-ca. 1270.
t Or zarua.
x History and criticism.
University of South Florida.
Special Collections Dept.
Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium
n (2nd :
University of South Florida)
Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium Collection.
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