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Treasures of the genizah
How did an Egyptian storeroom come to hold a thousand years worth of manuscript fragments and why are they one of the greatest literary treasures ever found?
The single largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts in the world, and one of the greatest literary treasures of Cambridge University Library, was recovered from the dusty storeroom, known as a genizah, of an ancient Egyptian synagogue. The fragments, now known as the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection, are a treasure-trove of priceless Jewish manuscripts, containing examples of practically every kind of written text produced by the Jewish communities of Cairo, Jerusalem, Damascus and elsewhere over a period of more than 1000 years.
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