About 100 Hebrew manuscripts belonging to various libraries ranging from Jerusalem to New York attest to the existence of the tractate Keter Shem Ṭov. The manuscripts are of Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Italian, Byzantine and Oriental provenience. The oldest manuscripts date back to the 2nd half of the 13th century, only a few years after the composition of this tractate. Especially interesting for the research program is the fact that the text was not simply copied but redacted by erudite scribes into various versions.

Technical Implementation

The digital tool LERA will be used to analyse the similarities and differences between the text versions and will be further developed as part of the project. A special focus is on the handling of many text versions.

Demo version of Keter Shem Ṭov in LERA:
Screenshot of a collation of Keter Shem Ṭov in LERA.