Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible
Scholarly Knowledge, Drollery or Esotericism? The Masora of the Hebrew Bible in its Various Material Properties
Subproject B04, Collaborative Research Centre 933: Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writingin Non-Typographic Societies
Funded by the German Research Foundation 2011–15; 2015–19
Current Members of Staff:
Teilprojektleiterin: Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss
Research Associate: Kay Joe Petzold M.A.
Research Associate: Jonas Leipziger M.A.
Former Members of Staff:
Research Associate: Dr. Elodie Attia
Research Associate: Clemens Liedtke M.A.
Currently, the project members Clemens Liedtke and Kay Joe Petzold prepare a Digital Edition of Masora Figurata (MS Vat. Ebr. 14). For further information and accessing the edition, please visit http://bima.corpusmasoreticum.de/#/.
The aim is to clarify whether the relationship between the Masora in the Biblical manuscripts and the Masora traditions presented either in the form of lists or in isolation mirrors a relationship of ‘permanency’ in the textual tradition (liturgical tradition: synagogue) conserved in the Biblical artefact, and of ‘(varying) reception’ in an expanded field of application (commentary; grammar: Lehrhaus).
Subject of the sub-project is:
- Masoretic commentaries and Masoretic supercommentaries in the Mediaeval exegetic and commentarial literature between 1040 and 1450
- Select Ashkenazi Bible manuscripts which present the text of the Masora magna in micrographic script as Masora figurata
- The key question in both studies is to what extent is the Masora tradition shaped by the material components and their designs: how are the great wealth of representational means connected with the different kinds of reception given in various social fields (scholarly circles, parish or synagogic practice)