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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
2016-2017 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies &
the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellow's Lecture in Jewish Manuscript Studies
"No Longer Alien Residents"
Italian Jewish Texts in the Late Renaissance
Professor Alessandro Guetta,
Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:00 pm
Maroon frame around hand lettered Hebrew words Sefer bereshit
By considering the manuscript evidence, Professor Guetta will consider the significance of the 16th-century phenomenon of translation of Hebrew texts into Tuscan, the literary language of Italy. What motivated this small and largely unstudied endeavor, one not seen in other European Jewish communities of the time? Was it "just for fun," as one of these translators declared? Or, given that Tuscan would become a vital element of cultural and national cohesion, did it belong to a strategy of acculturation?

Registration is appreciated

This lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies & the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellowship in Jewish Manuscript Studies is funded in part by the David Ruderman Distinguished Scholar Fund.


Class of 1978 Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)