The History of the Censorship of the Hebrew Book - Censors, Signatures, Books and Manuscripts

Censors' relationships chord
Censors’ relationships chord
Censorship network
Censorship network

Catholic censorship of Hebrew literature had many repercussions and has been extensively studied. One consequence of this activity was the great number of Hebrew books and manuscripts that survived and is testimony to the work of the censors. The various books and manuscripts contain passages crossed out by Church censors as well as signatures of various censors. This testimony provides information about the activities of the censors in different areas and in different periods in History. A database collating the amassed information in this field, in which the different censors’ names will be recorded, together with a list of the manuscripts and books they censored, the location of the books and manuscripts, date of censorship, place of censorship, and a photocopy of the censorship signatures and formulas, will be of great benefit for the historical study of Hebrew manuscripts and books, of manuscript and printed book collections, of the migration of books and collections and for anyone interested in the history of censorship and its influence on Hebrew books. Analysis of the data will teach us a great deal about the work and influence of the censorship, and will lend support or disprove previous research in the field.

The study will be comprised of two stages. The first stage will entail the construction of a database containing as many manuscripts and books as possible bearing censorship signatures from the 16th century to the 18th century. The second stage of the study will entail analysis of the data found in the database and drawing conclusions from it, as well as a description of the work of the censorship and different censors based on the findings

Publications:

  1. Prebor G., Zhitomirsky-Geffet, M. and Miller, Y. (2018). Multi-dimensional ontology-based analysis of Censorship of the Hebrew Manuscripts. Digital Humanities Quarterly.
  2. Prebor G., Zhitomirsky-Geffet M., and Y. Miller. (2017, November). A Large-Scale Data-Driven Analysis of Censorship of Hebrew Manuscripts in Italy. Poster in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science, Washington DC, USA. ASIS&T digital library: Maryland, USA.
  3. Prebor G., Zhitomirsky-Geffet M., and Y. Miller. (2017, November). A Large-Scale Data-Driven Analysis of Censorship of Hebrew Manuscripts in Italy. Poster in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science, Washington DC, USA. ASIS&T digital library: Maryland, USA.
  4. Baruchson-Arbib, S. & Prebor, G. (2007). Sefer Ha-Ziquq: (An index of forbidden Hebrew books): The book’s use and its influence on Hebrew printing. La Bibliofilia. CIX (1), 3-31.
  5. Prebor, G. (2007). From Jerusalem to Venice: The life of Domenico Yerushalmi, his writings and his work as a censor. Pe’amim, 111-112, 215-242 (Hebrew)
  6. Prebor, G. (2008). “Sepher Ha-Ziquq” by Domenico Yerushalmi, Italia, 18, 7-302 (Hebrew)
  7. Prebor, G. (2010/2011). Domenico Yerushalmi: His life, writings and work as a censor, Materia giudaica, XV-XVI/1-2, 467-481