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Towards an Identification Methodology for Genizah Fragments

Neri Ariel

Pages 185 - 200

Genizah Scholars dedicate tremendous efforts to documenting and interpreting fragments as objects for research. Constitutive steps have been made in researching dubious fragments; however, some stages of the identification processes lacked in the past scientific methodology for identification, and are therefore unreliable. The available diversity of theoretical options for identification, including digital processing which allow for more efficient use of analytical tools, relieves scholars of the need to rely solely on intuition, and obligates them to use a systematic method of analysis based on scientific, well-defined standards and criteria. In this article, I suggest a primary methodology for identifying Genizah fragments, arguing for several steps and combinations of criteria which should be considered carefully before proposing an identification in cases of doubt.


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