D. Di Segni: Moses Maimonides, Dux neutrorum vel dubiorum, Pars II

Moses Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed – often considered the masterpiece of medieval Jewish philosophy – was originally composed in Arabic between 1185 and 1190-1191. It was translated twice into Hebrew, with the title Moreh nevukim, and from Hebrew into Latin. This complete translation, entitled Dux neutrorum, began to circulate during the 13th century. The Latin version proceeded to be widely received and highly influential: prominent authors such as Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Meister Eckhart often referred to the authority of Rabbi Moyses. Nevertheless, the Dux neutrorum has until now been accessible only through a 16th century printed edition. The critical edition of the Dux neutrorum, presented here for the first time, fulfills a long-standing desideratum of the field. The edition is based on an examination of the entire manuscript tradition and is accompanied by a substantial historical and philological introduction.

Department of Jewish Art Ph.D. Scholarship Announcement, Spring Semester 2024

The Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University invites prospective doctoral candidates to apply for the highly-prized President’s Fellowship beginning in the spring semester of the 2023-4 academic year. The four-year fellowship covers tuition and provides a monthly stipend for living expenses.

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Talk by Rebecca J. W. Jefferson: Rescue or Ransack? Unraveling the Complexities of the Cairo Geniza Chain of Custody, 28 February 2024

How did the transfer of Cairo Geniza fragments from Egypt to Western institutions impact our understanding of the Jewish practice of geniza, of storing away unused documents? What does the Cairo Geniza discovery story reveal about Eastern and Western attitudes toward Jewish heritage materials? And how did the subsequent treatment of geniza fragments by libraries and museums obfuscate their chain of custody and perpetuate myths about this storied repository?