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Exhibition Review: "Printing the Talmud: From Bomberg to Schottenstein"

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Bruce Nielsen; Bruce Nielsen

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2005, pp.22-23.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Museums, memorials, and monuments)

Keywords: Jewish Text; History; Museums and Exhibitions; Higher Education

Type: Other

Coverage: New York New York


The author reviews an exhibition mounted at Yeshiva University in New York, displaying an array of elements illuminating the production and dissemination of the Talmud text during the past five hundred years. The author identifies three basic themes discernible in the elements chosen for the exhibition: (1) editions of the Talmud, over three dozen in the original and ten in translation; (2) "firsts" such as the first complete printed Babylonian Talmud, and the first Talmuds printed in various locations; and (3) elements exploring serious difficulties encountered by printers of the Talmud, such as Church censorship and disputes between various printers.