Call for Applications to New Online Course: “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing”

Wednesday September 14, 2022

 Deadline: 10 October 2022


The École Pratique des Hautes Études (founded in 1868), the ‘school of advanced studies’ within Paris Sciences Lettres University, is inviting applications from French and international research students for an online course cluster “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing”. The course cluster can be validated as an EPHE diploma or be an audited addition to the degree the students undertake elsewhere. Its aim is to provide the participants with traditional and digital skills and some understanding of computational possibilities in Hebrew Manuscript Studies.

In the past fifteen years, Jewish Studies has witnessed a renewal of the interest in medieval manuscripts in Hebrew and Judeo-languages. The young generation of Jewish Studies scholars is keen on turning to manuscripts and archival sources for the reconstruction of the Jewish past. The study and edition of manuscripts is indispensable for this sources-oriented historical and literary research. “Hebrew Manuscripts in the Digital Age: Palaeography, Edition, Cataloguing” will introduce the students to the current research methods and provide them with necessary basic skills to undertake a research project on medieval Hebrew manuscripts.

The course is held entirely online, in English. Lectures are followed by discussions.

In addition to the online seminars, students are encouraged to acquire practical skills by contributing to one or more of the digital projects:

Hebrew Paleography Album  Hebrew Pal


Books within Books

BiNaH Catalogue des manuscrits hébreux de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France





The teaching consists of three one-hour seminars a week between November 14, 2022 and May 26, 2023 (excluding EPHE holidays)

  1. Monday 6 pm – 7 pm (Paris time)

Introduction to Medieval Hebrew Palaeography: typology and dating of manuscripts with the help of traditional methods and digital tools

  1. Tuesday 6 pm – 7 pm (Paris time)

From automatic transcription to digital scholarly edition

  1. Monday 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm (Paris time)

Cataloguing of medieval Hebrew manuscripts: codicology, fragmentology, scientific approach to book materials, online cataloguing

The course is open to:

-       Students of Master and Doctorate of the EPHE

-       French and International students in Hebrew and/or Jewish Studies accepted by the project and the EPHE to prepare a graduate diploma of the EPHE

-       French and International students accepted by the project and the EPHE to audit the course


-       Students enrolled at the EPHE, please register by writing to Wissem Gueddich at:  


-       Candidates for the graduate diploma and auditors: the application process includes two stages:

  1. Acceptance by the professors of the project
  2. Registration by the EPHE


For the acceptance by the professors, please send an email to the following:

-       Letter explaining your motivation for joining the course

-       CV and a list of publications (if any)

-       Letter of recommendation by one of your teachers


Please specify if you wish to prepare a diploma of the EPHE or to audit the course

Deadline: 10 October 2022

Once accepted by the professors, please register on line at the EPHE:

Diploma : « Diplôme de l’établissement, Sciences historiques et philologiques »

Auditing : « auditeur libre »


Annual fee: 150E


Instructors : Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Professor Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, Professor Peter Stokes, Dr Emma Abate, Professor Javier Del Barco, Dr Sonia Fellous, Professor Hayim Lapin, Dr Zina Cohen


For further questions, please contact the project coordinator,

Wissem Gueddich at:



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