Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing

The École Pratique des Hautes Études (founded in 1868), the ‘school of advanced studies’ within Paris Sciences Lettres University, is inviting applications from French and international research students for an online course cluster “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing”. The course cluster can be validated as an EPHE diploma or be an audited addition to the degree the students undertake elsewhere. Its aim is to provide the participants with traditional and digital skills and some understanding of computational possibilities in Hebrew Manuscript Studies.

In the past fifteen years, Jewish Studies has witnessed a renewal of the interest in medieval manuscripts in Hebrew and Judeo-languages. The young generation of Jewish Studies scholars is keen on turning to manuscripts and archival sources for the reconstruction of the Jewish past. The study and edition of manuscripts is indispensable for this sources-oriented historical and literary research. “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing” will introduce the students to the current research methods and provide them will necessary basic skills to undertake a research project on medieval Hebrew manuscripts.

The course is held entirely online, in English. Lectures are followed by discussions.

In addition to the online seminars, students are encouraged to acquire practical skills by contributing to one or more of the digital projects:

Hebrew Palaeography Album (HebrewPal, https://www.hebrewpalaeography.com/); MultiPal (http://multipal.fr/); Books within Books (http://www.hebrewmanuscript.com/)

BiNaH (Catalogue des manuscrits hébreux de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France) (https://anr.fr/Projet-ANR-21-CE27-0009)

e-Scriptorium (https://escripta.hypotheses.org/https://ephenum.hypotheses.org/1412);

eRabbinica: https://editions.erabbinica.org/S07326.xml

The teaching consists of three one hour seminars a week between November 14, 2022 and May 26, 2022 (excluding EPHE holidays)

1. Monday 6 pm – 7 pm (Paris time)

Introduction to Medieval Hebrew Palaeography: typology and dating of manuscripts with the help of traditional methods and digital tools

2. Tuesday 6 pm – 7 pm (Paris time)

From automatic transcription to digital scholarly edition

3. Monday 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm (Paris time)

Cataloguing of medieval Hebrew manuscripts: codicology, fragmentology, scientific approach to book materials, online cataloguing

The course is open to:

– Students of Master and Doctorate of the EPHE

– French and International students in Hebrew and/or Jewish Studies accepted by the project and the EPHE to prepare a graduate diploma of the EPHE

– French and International students accepted by the project and the EPHE to audit the course


– Students enrolled at the EPHE, please register by writing to Wissem Gueddish at: hmda@ephe.psl.eu

– Candidates for the graduate diploma and auditors: the application process includes two stages:

1. Acceptance by the professors of the project

2. Registration by the EPHE

For the acceptance by the professors, please send to hdma@ephe.psl.eu the following:

Letter explaining your motivation for joining the course

CV and a list of publications (if any)

Letter of recommendation by one of your teachers

Please specify if you wish to prepare a diploma of the EPHE or to audit the course

Deadline: 10 October 2022

Once accepted by the professors, please register on line at the EPHE:

Diploma : « Diplôme de l’établissement, Sciences historiques et philologiques » at https://www.ephe.psl.eu/formations-conferences/diplomes-detablissement/diplome-de-lephe-sciences-historiques-et

Auditing : « auditeur libre » at https://www.ephe.psl.eu/formations-conferences/nos-conferences

Annual fee : 150E

Instructors: Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Professor Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, Professor Peter Stokes, Dr Emma Abate, Professor Javier Del Barco, Professor Hayim Lapin, Dr Zina Cohen

For further questions, please contact the project coordinator, Wissem Gueddich at: hmda@ephe.psl.eu

About Andreas Lehnertz

I focus on social, cultural, and religious European history during the High and Late Middle Ages. My interests lie in daily Christian-Jewish relations, marginal Hebrew and Yiddish charter notes, Jewish as well as general sealing practices, and Jewish craftspeople. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the Trier University entitled "Jewish Seals in the Medieval German Empire: The Authentication and Self-Representation of Jewish Men and Women”, under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Haverkamp and Prof. Lukas Clemens at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History. Under Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten I was a postdoctoral fellow in the European Research Council Project "Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing my second book on Jewish craftspeople in Medieval Central Europe.