May 27, 2022

Fundraising Effort Successful: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Purchase Collection of Ancient Hebrew and Arabic Manuscripts

From the BBC:

A fundraising appeal by Oxford and Cambridge universities to buy a collection of 1,000-year-old Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts has been successful.

The universities raised £1.2m to buy The Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection from the United Reform Church’s Westminster College.

The collection is made up of 1,700 document fragments saved from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue.

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More in: Oxbridge to jointly purchase ancient Jewish archive (via Haaretz)

See Also: Historic rivals join forces to save 1,000 years of Jewish history (February 13, 2013)

See Also: Treasures In The Wall (via The New Yorker; March 1, 2013)

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