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Definition of the noun Genizah

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noun - plural: genizahs

  1. A storeroom located in or by a synagogue where are kept sacred Hebrew books that cannot be used (through damage or heretical teachings), but which cannot be discarded because they contain God's name.


Genizah: A genizah is a storage area in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery designated for the temporary storage of worn-out Hebrew-language books and papers on religious topics prior to proper cemetery burial.

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Google previewThe Jewish Family (1989)

Metaphor and Memory by David Charles Kraemer

The genizah is a unique hoard of documents, and there is nothing comparable from contemporary Islam. One of the...

Google previewLanguage, Culture, Computation: Computing - Theory and Technology (2014)

Essays Dedicated to Yaacov Choueka on the Occasion of His 75 Birthday by Nachum Dershowitz, Ephraim Nissan

The Cairo Genizah is a staggering collection of Hebrew manuscripts, discovered mostly about 1900 in a loft of an old synagogue...

Google previewOld Testament (2009)

An Introduction to Biblical Scholarship by Arthur J. Bellinzoni

A genizah is a repository for old scrolls that cannot be discarded because they contain the divine name. 38. 1QH is a collection of Thanksgiving Hymns found in cave 1 at Qumran. 39. Dreams are often bizarre and contain elements of both the ...

Google previewLiving Tree, A (2012)

The Roots and Growth of Jewish Law by Elliot N. Dorff, Arthur Rossett

The genizah is a storage room attached to the ancient synagogue of Cairo. It was used for centuries to store books and ritual objects that contained the name of God and that therefore could not be destroyed. The dry climate preserved much of ...

Google previewThe African Memory of Mark (2011)

Reassessing Early Church Tradition by Thomas C. Oden

A genizah is a storeroom in a synagogue, often ...

Google previewIlan Stavans (2004)

Eight Conversations by Neal Sokol

Thus, the genizah is a storage room for memory. Every synagogue includes a forbidden room, usually behind the Aharon Ha-Kodesh, for ancient, unusable texts to be stored. The rationale is simple: the divine name must be protected from ...

Google previewThe Jews of Medieval Western Christendom (2006)

1000–1500 by Robert Chazan

Goitein's multi-volume study of the daily life of the Jews reflected in the Cairo Genizah is a monument of recent scholarship on medieval Jewish life – A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the ...

Google previewJewish Women in Historical Perspective (1998)

by Judith Reesa Baskin

A genizah is a storeroom where unusable sacred writings are placed in order to preserve them from desecration. The Cairo genizah was found when the ancient Ben Ezra synagogue to which it was attached was being renovated, shortly ...

Google previewThe Medieval Haggadah (2011)

Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination by Marc Michael Epstein

A genizah is a room, usually in a synagogue, where old manuscripts that ...

Google previewReader's Guide to Judaism (2013)

by Michael Terry

A genizah is a place to which written and printed Judaica and Hebraica— usually of at least a quasi-religious significance—is retired once it has become worn or unneeded, but the Cairo Genizah is the genizah par excellence, a quite singular ...

Google previewThe Formation of the Biblical Canon: Volume 1 (2017)

The Old Testament: Its Authority and Canonicity by Lee Martin McDonald

A genizah is an Aramaic loan word for a storeroom in which sacred texts were stored.

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Lore & Legend (1991)

by Alan Unterman

to a genizah so that they would not be mistaken for scripture. The Talmud even mentions a book of medication ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Christianity (1999)

by Erwin Fahlbusch

Jurgen Hubner Genetic Engineering — > Medical Ethics Genizah From the Heb. verb gnz, "keep, enclose," the genizah is a side room in a — > synagogue ( usually a cellar or attic) in which to keep old, discarded, damaged, or in some way ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2011)

by Adele Berlin

During the Middle Ages, a room was set aside in almost every synagogue as a genizah for old or imperfect books or ritual objects. Such synagogue hiding places for sacred works have often provided later generations with precious pages of ...

Google previewDictionary of Paul and His Letters (2009)

A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship by Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, Daniel G. Reid

CD Cairo (Genizah text of the) Damascus (Document/Rule) or Church Dogmatics , Karl Barth 1QS Serek hayyaḥad or Rule of the Community, Manual of Discipline from Qumran Cave 1 CD Cairo (Genizah text of the) Damascus ...

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Terms (2011)

A Guide to the Language of Judaism by Ronald L. Eisenberg

Genizah. Literally meaning “hidden away,” this Hebrew term refers to aspecial storeroom in a synagogue that is set aside for the disposition of torn prayer books , Bibles, and other holy texts, as well as religious articles such as tefillin and tzitzit ...

Google previewThe Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1 (2010)

Revised Full-Color Edition by Merrill C. Tenney

Cairo Genizah. See GENIZAH; TEXT AND MANUSCRIPTS (OT) IX. cake. See BREAD; DATES; RAISIN CAKE. Calah kay'luh ( H3996, possibly “strength”; Akk. Kalḥu). One of the capital cities of ASSYRIA. Now called Nimrud and located in the ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Library Histories (2016)

by David H. Stam

The latter collection includes The Elephantine Papyri discovered at the end of the 19th century and some 10,000 genizah documents. The manuscripts were first cataloged by Adolf Neubauer and Arthur Cowley in Catalogue of the Hebrew ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture (2004)

by Glenda Abramson

The discoveryof the Cairo Genizah manuscripts marks a watershed in...

( Genizah research and publication is associated, among many others, with the names ofSolomon Schechter, JacobMann, S.D.Goitein, Alexander SCHEIBER.) Another ...

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Scrabble value of G2E1N1I1Z10A1H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 20 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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