Jewish Studies in Los Angeles: The West Semitic Research Project of the University of Southern California

By Bruce Zuckerman, Marilyn Lundberg

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Winter 2002

In order to read ancient texts, scholars first have to be able to see them, but the unavailability of high-quality images has meant that, for generations, scholars have been forced to rely on what is essentially "eyewitness testimony," that is, the hand drawings or transcriptions of initial editors for various text collections. The difficulty with this approach is that most ancient inscriptions are damaged and incomplete, and thus the readings are open to question. The goal of The West Semitic Research Project (WSRP) was to make a visual documentation of inscriptions with sufficient quality that they could be used for detailed study, and so that recourse to the original, often fragile object, would not be constantly necessary.

Topic: Judaic Studies, Technology, Jewish Text, Jewish Studies, Scholarship, Academic Research

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Fine, Steven

Volume/Issue: Winter 2002

Page Number(s): 13-15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Zuckerman, Bruce. Lundberg, Marilyn. Jewish Studies in Los Angeles: The West Semitic Research Project of the University of Southern California. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Winter 2002: 13-15. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11974


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