The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed

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The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed

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The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed
The course The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed is an online class provided by University of Pennsylvania through edX. The skill level of the course is Advanced. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Alessandro Guetta (Paris) uses an Italian Hebrew commentary on the biblical description of the ancient Israelite Tabernacle (mishkan),  Tavnit ha-mishkan by Malkiel Ashkenazi, as a case study in how manuscripts can be used by intellectual historians.
Course description
This mini-course introduces the use of early modern manuscripts for intellectual history—that is, the history of how ideas and the communication of those ideas changes over time. Professor Alessandro Guetta presents a case study constructed on a single, remarkable Hebrew manuscript from 17th-century Mantua, Malkiel Ashkenazi’s Tavnit ha-mishkan (University of Pennsylvania CAJS Rar Ms 460). By examining this work, an extended commentary on the structure and implements of the ancient Israelite Tabernacle (mishkan), Professor Guetta explores how the manuscript can help us understand early modern Jewish intellectual life. Written in Renaissance Italy, he explains that the textual “reconstruction” of the Tabernacle and Temple was in part a Jewish response to the importance of buildings and architectural expression for early Modern Italians. He also considers how other manuscript copies of the same text can be studied to determine the history of the text’s transmission and development across time, thus shedding light on the historical context in which they were produced. This course comprises five short video lectures (10–12 minutes each) that explore this manuscript, its editions, and how it opens a window into Italian Jewish intellectual life only possible by attention to the physical manuscript.No previous knowledge of Jewish history, intellectual history, or manuscript studies is required. Nevertheless, this course will be most interesting to advanced students of Jewish and Early Modern history, and those interested in censorship, Jewish life in Early Modern Italy, and biblical commentary. It also introduces a fascinating, freely browsable, Italian Jewish text in the collection of the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed

Course Topic

History, Language, Literature

University, College, Institution

University of Pennsylvania

Course Skill Level

Advanced

Course Language

English

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Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

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Certificate

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The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed

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Topic: History, Language, Literature
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