Conference Proceeding: History of Jewish Archives and Libraries in the Middle Ages and the Medieval Educational Curriculum

The evolution of Jewish medieval classification of library collections evolved over the Tannaitic (70vCE to 200 CE), Amoraic (200-500 CE), Savoraim (500-600 CE), Geonic (600-900 CE), Rishonim (900-1450 CE), Achronim (1450-Shoah) periods as the genres of Jewish knowledge expanded and the world of Jewish knowledge developed in an oral tradition that later was set down. Mordechai Breuer, Ephraim Kanarfogel, Isadore Twersky, Adin Steinsaltz, and Nathan Drazin have shown that this evolution of the Jewish library within the context of Jewish educational "institutions," such as the medieval Yeshivot, Rabbinic Academies, Bate Midrash, Synagogues, and self-regulating Jewish Communal government (kehilah), allowed for the classification and organization of manuscripts and sefarim to remain internally coherent.

Presented by David Levy at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.