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Two New Invaluable Research Tools: Catalogues of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican and Parma Libraries

Two New Invaluable Research Tools: Catalogues of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican and Parma... T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 101, No. 3 (Summer 2011) 459­465 DANIEL J. LASKER BENJAMIN RICHLER, ED. Hebrew Manuscripts in the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma, Palaeographical and Codicological Descriptions by Malachi Beit´ Arie. Jerusalem: The Jewish National and University Library, 2001. Pp. 574 xxx wl. BENJAMIN RICHLER, ED. Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library, Palaeo´ graphical and Codicological Descriptions by Malachi Beit-Arie in collab` oration with Nurit Pasternak. Citta del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2008. Pp. 679 xxx 66* 16 plates. A L I BR A R Y C ATA L OG U E CA N BE L IK E A PH O NE B OO K --full of intriguing characters but weak on plot. A great library catalogue, however, not only records the names of the books but also presents the plot in between the lines. The entries for each book can tell a story if the cataloguer is sufficiently adept and if the reader is suitably attentive to the catalogue's own narrative. We have before us two examples of exemplary catalogues, executed by leading experts in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Two New Invaluable Research Tools: Catalogues of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican and Parma Libraries

Jewish Quarterly Review , Volume 101 (3) – Aug 13, 2011

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T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 101, No. 3 (Summer 2011) 459­465 DANIEL J. LASKER BENJAMIN RICHLER, ED. Hebrew Manuscripts in the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma, Palaeographical and Codicological Descriptions by Malachi Beit´ Arie. Jerusalem: The Jewish National and University Library, 2001. Pp. 574 xxx wl. BENJAMIN RICHLER, ED. Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library, Palaeo´ graphical and Codicological Descriptions by Malachi Beit-Arie in collab` oration with Nurit Pasternak. Citta del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2008. Pp. 679 xxx 66* 16 plates. A L I BR A R Y C ATA L OG U E CA N BE L IK E A PH O NE B OO K --full of intriguing characters but weak on plot. A great library catalogue, however, not only records the names of the books but also presents the plot in between the lines. The entries for each book can tell a story if the cataloguer is sufficiently adept and if the reader is suitably attentive to the catalogue's own narrative. We have before us two examples of exemplary catalogues, executed by leading experts in

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