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Scribes of the Cairo Geniza

Scribes of the Cairo Geniza

Hidden for centuries in an attic in Cairo, over 300,000 fragments of pre-modern and medieval Jewish texts -from everyday receipts to biblical works- have yet to be fully deciphered. The first step of the project, is to sort the fragments by script type and level of difficulty. Next, researchers analyze the sorted piles by transcribing the relatively easy fragments, and by finding key phrases that will eventually be used to help decipher the more difficult ones. This is a collaborative project between many institutions of higher learning (listed below), several great manuscript repositories, and contributors worldwide. They are invited to transcribe Hebrew or Arabic Script Fragments.

Year of implementation Ongoing
Target General public and scholars

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