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Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Corpus Masoreticum

Corpus Masoreticum: The Inculturation of the Masora in Western European Jewish Learning Culture from the 11th to the 13th Centuries. Digital Development of a Forgotten Culture of Knowledge

Long-term project at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies, funded by the German Research Foundation

In its first funding stage, Corpus Masoreticum focuses on lavishly calligraphic and highly decorated Ashkenazi Bibles from the twelfth till the fourteenth centuries and their text-critical reception by Ashkenazi scholars and halakhic authorities. The masora figurata plus considerable portions of the linear masora magna of four of 24 manuscripts have been edited. These editions, which will be supplemented with additional content and functions for users over the course of time, can be accessed online. Ground-breaking results have been achieved owing to research into the philological quality of the masora figurata and its function and purpose in different manuscripts and cultural settings as well as into the Ashkenazi Masoretic Bible as a historical artifact. The digital infrastructure, consisting of the Confluence platform and the workspace BIMA 2.0 as a shared digital repository for the entire editing work and any further philological, exegetical, linguistic or paleographical research, has already reached the essential objectives for this research period, and has established itself as an essential tool for diplomatic digital editions of any kind. As part of its outreach to the scientific community, Corpus Masoreticum has installed an international advisory board and issues its own publication series. By way of public outreach, two documentary videos on the project's objectives and methods have been produced: https://t1p.de/BIMA-Video1 and https://t1p.de/BIMA-Video1.