New technologies and digital research

Social sciences, humanities and manuscript studies increasingly go hand in hand with digital methods and cutting edge technology. How can we digitally engage with and experience Hebrew manuscripts? How can we unravel their secrets using computational and scientific techniques?

Cleaning up Hebrew catalogue records with OpenRefine (Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert)

Cleaning up Hebrew catalogue records with OpenRefine

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Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert

The catalogue records for the British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts are remarkably diverse and informative. Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert explores how this data can be further improved and standardised in preparation for scholarly analysis.

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Shedding new light on marginalia mysteries (Christina Duffy)

Shedding new light on marginalia mysteries

Article by:
Christina Duffy

Dr Christina Duffy explores the use of multispectral imaging at the British Library, and how it recovered erased illustrations from the margins of Add MS 26957, a 15th-century CE Hebrew prayer book.

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The Digital Life of a Hebrew Manuscript: Application of 3D Imaging at the British Library (Kristin Phelps and Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert)

The Digital Life of a Hebrew Manuscript

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Kristin Phelps, Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert

Kristin Phelps and Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert look at 3D imaging at the British Library.

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Further themes

Illuminations and the art of writing

From full border illuminations to marginal micrography, which stories are revealed by these creative forms of art?

Jewish communities

What was it like to be a European, Middle Eastern, North African, or even Chinese Jew hundreds of years ago?

Jewish Law

Explore the Talmud, Halakhah and legal codes, and how they affect every aspect of Jewish life.

Jewish Liturgy

From Siddur to Seder – the order of prayers and their exact readings were transmitted throughout the years across all Jewish communities.

Kabbalah and mysticism

Explore the magical essence of words and the infinite creation of the physical and metaphysical universe.

New technologies and digital research

How can we digitally experience Hebrew manuscripts? How can we unravel their secrets using computational and scientific techniques?

Science and medicine

From the alignment of the stars to the zodiac, what were the scientific works of Jews and how were they transmitted?

The Hebrew Bible

In which different forms have biblical texts been transmitted, and how was the accuracy of the holy text maintained?