CONFERENCE: Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford, 22 – 23 May 2017.
A two day international EAJS conference that will deal with Christian collectors of Hebraica in order to understand how these collections, whether private or public, were acquired and assembled, and in what way they could be said to represent the cultural universe of their owners.
While there have been a proliferation of studies on the manifold ways that Latin and vernacular books were read and collected, there have been as yet few attempts to interpret the widespread phenomenon of Hebrew books read, collected and deposited (and sometimes catalogued) in the libraries of Christian scholars and merchants, as well as in universities and theological seminaries.
For over the centuries Christians and Jews were constantly in search of Jewish texts of all types, in both manuscript and print. This quest was carried out over a remarkable range of locations, from libraries in the heartlands of the various Christian confessions, to the studies of Jewish scholars and readers in both Europe and the Near East.
Monday, 22 May 2017
* The Very Revd., Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church), Welcome
* Regius Professor of Hebrew Jan Joosten (University of Oxford), Introduction
* Professor Saverio Campanini (University of Bologna), New Evidence on the Formation of Francesco Zorzi’s Library in Renaissance Venice
* Dr Ilona Steimann (University of Munich), Forming a Hebraist “Canon” of Jewish Literature: German Hebraica Collections around 1500.
* Dr Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford), A Sixteenth-Century Censor and his Collection of Hebrew Books
* Professor Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford), The Library of Johann Buxtorf the Elder
* Mr Kasper van Ommen (University of Leiden), ‘Je suis pauvre en tout, mesmement en livres’. Joseph Scaliger as a Book Collector of Hebraic
* Dr Benjamin Williams (King’s College London), Connections at Christ Church: Edward Pococke and his Copies of Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah
* Dr Rahel Fronda (University of Oxford), Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors: Christ Church Connections (Exhibition).
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
* Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge) and Mr Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Some Hebrew Collections and Collectors in the Colleges of Cambridge
* Professor Shimon Iakerson (University of St Petersburg), Who Collected Hebrew Books in Czarist Russia and Why
* Dr Arthur Kiron (University of Pennsylvania), An Atlantic Hebrew Republic of Letters
* Dr Joshua Teplitsky (University of Stony Brook), Encounters Beyond the Text: Christian Readers and Jewish Libraries.