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On the Functions of Miniaturizing Books in Jewish Religion

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1. Title Title of document On the Functions of Miniaturizing Books in Jewish Religion - Miniature Books
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Marianne Schleicher; Aarhus University; Denmark
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) miniature book; religious book; religious text; small book; history of books; sacred text
5. Subject Subject classification Religious texts; books
6. Description Abstract The purpose of this chapter is to offer a functional approach to miniaturized books as a religious phenomenon. Moving beyond mere descriptions of size and aesthetic quality, it asks about the functions of miniaturized religious books and asks how size comes to matter. To be able to treat miniaturized books as a religious phenomenon, the chapter wants to transcend prevailing size criteria that privilege the codex form used for religious texts in relatively young religions such as Christianity and Islam, and thus prevent a global, comparative perspective. Empirically, the chapter searches for answers within the context of the history of the book and in particular within Jewish religion, not only because it happens to be the field of this author’s specialization, but also because Judaism, if we include Israelite religion, covers all phases of alphabetic literate culture relevant to the phenomenon of books, and because Jewish rituals and festivals are marked by readings and the possession of small books. The chapter conjoins the author’s own distinction between the hermeneutical and artifactual use of scripture with theoretical reflections by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jonathan Z. Smith, Danièle Dehouve, Steven J. Gores, and Ian Reader. This platform has explanatory potential with regard to the analysis of miniaturized religious books in Jewish religion, but also to future analyses of miniaturized books in any religious context.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Sep-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37761
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Miniature Books
16. Language English=en en
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