Kennen Sie schon … Ktiv, The International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts?

Das Por­tal der Nation­al Library of Israel (NLI) umfasst über 75.600 Hand­schriften aus über 530 Samm­lun­gen.

„For thou­sands of years Jew­ish peo­ple have used the writ­ten word to express their reli­gious beliefs and sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge. Jew­ish prayer, cus­toms, his­to­ries of com­mu­ni­ties and infor­ma­tion from a range of dis­ci­plines, both reli­gious and sec­u­lar, were tran­scribed assid­u­ous­ly.
Giv­en that Hebrew was a writ­ten rather than spo­ken lan­guage, the extent of its use was sur­pris­ing­ly far-reach­ing. Jews gave abun­dant writ­ten expres­sion to their rich intel­lec­tu­al world. Like the nomadic nature of the life of Jew­ish indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties, Hebrew man­u­scripts and doc­u­ments trav­eled across coun­tries and con­ti­nents.
These sig­nif­i­cant texts reflect­ing the knowl­edge and cul­ture of a peo­ple even­tu­al­ly found haven in the halls of great libraries, and in the vaults of pri­vate col­lec­tors. Today these pre­cious Hebrew man­u­scripts shed light on the diverse and wide-rang­ing cul­tures of the Jew­ish peo­ple, their intel­lec­tu­al life and his­to­ry.

With the rapid advances in the tech­no­log­i­cal envi­ron­ment that sig­nif­i­cant­ly expand options for preser­va­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion and access to dig­i­tal con­tent, the Nation­al Library of Israel ini­ti­at­ed the renew­al of its col­lec­tion of copies of Hebrew man­u­scripts. This enter­prise, under­tak­en in part­ner­ship with the Fried­berg Jew­ish Ma​nuscript Soci­ety (FJMS), is designed​ to make Jew­ish man­u­scripts wide­ly avail­able.
The Inter­na­tion­al Col­lec­tion of Dig­i­tized Hebrew Man­u­scripts will enable glob­al cen­tral­ized dig­i­tal access to the com­plete cor­pus of exist­ing Hebrew man­u­scripts. The images will be pre­served long-term using state of the art tech­nol­o­gy, and the col­lec­tion will be acces­si­ble to inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ties of researchers and users from the com­fort of their own insti­tu­tions and homes.“

SUB Hamburg, Cod. Levy 19 (frühes 14. Jh.), fol. 625r Kommentierte Bibelausgabe, hier mit Kolophon des Schreibers und Miniatur
SUB Ham­burg, Cod. Levy 19 (früh­es 14. Jh.), fol. 625r Kom­men­tierte Bibelaus­gabe, hier mit Kolophon des Schreibers und Miniatur

Unter anderem sind dort rund 500 Hand­schriften aus dem Bestand der Staats- und Uni­ver­sitäts­bib­lio­thek Ham­burg zu find­en; dieser Blog-Post gibt Hin­ter­grund­in­for­ma­tio­nen zum dazuge­höri­gen Dig­i­tal­isierungs-Pro­jekt.

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