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“The Other Within”: The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library

Date: Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 June 2016

Venue: The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH

The John Rylands Library preserves one of the world’s valuable collections of Hebrew and Jewish manuscripts and printed books. The holdings span Septuagint fragments and parchment from Qumran to the papers of Moses Gaster and Arthur Marmorstein. The Rylands Genizah and rich collections of medieval manuscript codices and early printed books are among the strengths of the collection, making the John Rylands Library an important centre for the study of Judaism from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

The aim of this conference is to convene scholars and students researching areas represented in the Library’s Hebrew and Jewish collections, including (but not limited to) the Cairo Genizah, medieval Hebrew manuscript codices, early printed Hebrew books, Samaritan manuscripts and the collections of Moses Gaster. It will take place as part of a number of programmes at the John Rylands Research Institute which aim to facilitate the study of the Library’s Hebrew and Jewish holdings, including the 2015-2018 externally-funded project to catalogue the manuscript collections. Studies of the John Rylands’ collections, of related Hebraica and Judaica libraries, and of resources and methods that facilitate such research will be particularly welcome. The expectation is that the conference will result in an edited collection of essays.

Initial expressions of interest in presenting papers should be sent to jrri.conference2016@manchester.ac.uk. Full details of the conference and a formal call for papers will be issued in advance.

For more information about the John Rylands Research Institute, visit www.manchester.ac.uk/jrri.