This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 647467). Over the coming five years, the research project will be funded with approx. two million Euros. 
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September 19, 2019

Fol. 4r: Beginning of Genesis 1; Jerusalem - The National Library of Israel, Ms.Or. 87

Hidden under the simple description of “Old Testament (Orit)” lies a true treasure in the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Manuscript NLi Ms. Or. 87 is much more than a simple...

March 5, 2019

The Jewish cemetery at the outskirts of the village of Yeghegis (Ełegis) in the Region of Vayots’ Dzor (Vayoc‘ Jor), Armenia – in the historical district of Syunik’ (Siwnik‘) – is a unique witness to the existence of Jewish communities in medieval Armenia. Indeed, whil...

On October 2017, members of the JewsEast research team embarked on a 3-week archaeological survey in the Semien Mountains, the highest mountains in Ethiopia. Their aim – locating and studying the remains of Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) monasteries there. These monast...

April 14, 2018

The long-standing Christian tradition of casting refutations of Judaism in the form of Jewish-Christian disputations was continued by Arabic-speaking Christians in the Muslim world. Among the many Christian Arabic Adversus Judaeos texts, of which the JewsEast team is a...

July 13, 2017

This article is the long-promised Part 2 of an entry presented some months ago, dedicated to two sources about Jews preserved in Armenian. The first, dedicated to the Story of the Icon of Beirut, can be read here and will be referred to occasionally in this Part 2 as w...

January 31, 2017

Jews in Armenia? What the Project Aims to Do

Traces of Jewish communities in historical Armenia during the Middle Ages are difficult to discern. With the exception of a 13th - 14th century Jewish cemetery found in the Region of Vayots’ Dzor in the Republic of Armenia (...

The manuscript library in Tübingen is a treasure grove for researchers. Besides manuscripts related with German and European history and religions, the library has an impressive collection of Indian manuscripts including Malayalam paper and palm-leaf manuscripts brough...

In Ethiopia, the way we typically perceive Jews and Christians is challenged: Ethiopian Orthodox Christians circumcise their sons on the eighth day of their lives, observe biblical dietary laws and consider Saturday a holy day. Ethiopian Jews, known as the Beta Israel,...

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