Hebrew Manuscripts è il ricco e interessante sito di manoscritti digitalizzati di lingua e cultura ebraica, datati tra il X e il XX secolo, patrimonio della British Library, corredato da introduzioni e approfondimenti.
Si tratta di una rilevante collezione di 1.300 manoscritti per un totale di 435.000 immagini che saranno disponibili nel web. Al momento, trovate online 779 manoscritti ma si prevede il riversamento dell’intera collezione entro la fine di giugno.
The British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts includes items manifesting Jewish cultural, religious and social lives between the 10th century CE and the beginning of the 20th century CE, covering a vast geographical space from North Africa and Europe in the west, through the Middle East to China in the east. In order to make the collection of Hebrew manuscripts available digitally, the Library had received a major grant from The Polonsky Foundation.
The core aim of the three-year Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) is to provide free online access to Hebrew manuscripts from the Library’s collection, through manuscript conservation and imaging, catalogue creation and online presentation. The outputs are detailed and searchable catalogue records and fully digitised manuscripts. This project also includes a digital scholarship component, aiming to encourage and facilitate research using the new digital collection.
The project has digitised 1,300 manuscripts, with the total of approximately 435,000 digitised images. These are mainly manuscripts catalogued by George Margoliouth at the end of the 19th century. At this point, several manuscripts still await more thorough conservation treatments. In addition, several Torah scrolls included textile covers (mantles), made of silk brocade and linen. These have undergone conservation treatment by a textile conservator and were digitised as well.
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Illuminations and the Art of Writing
New Technologies and Digital Research
Science and Medicine
The Hebrew Bible