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Shimon Mordukhovich

Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
From 1990, works at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (from 1990), chief researcher (from 2021). Correspondent Member of the Hebrew Palaeography Project (Jerusalem).

PhD dissertation: “Incunabula in Semitic Languages (Hebrew and Aramaic) and their Place in the Book Culture of the 15th Century”, 1989.

Habilitation dissertation: “Hebrew manuscripts of 10 – 15th cent. and Incunabula as a cultural-historical sources”, 2005.

Education: Institute of Culture, faculty of bibliography and librarianship.

Leningrad University faculty of Oriental languages, extern course of Hebrew and Aramaic.

Work abroad:

March-June 1991 - a member of the international group of paleographers in the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Hebrew University.

1993-1995 - consultant on rare books of ”Manfred and Anna Lehmann Foundation” in New York.

1995-2005 - consultant on rare books collections of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.

1988-2008 - participant in more than 40 international conferences on Jewish studies.

From September 2011, the Head of the Department of Semitology and Hebrew Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg State University.



Iakerson Sh. M. Who Was Collecting Hebrew Books in the Capital of Russian Empire and Why // Written Monuments of the Orient = Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka. Vol. 18, no. 1 (44), 2021, pp. 74—83.

Iakerson Sh. M. A Tale of a Colophon: An Essay in the History of Hebrew Poetry and Book Printing. Poetical Translation of the Said Colophon by Elena Yuzbashyan. St. Petersburg: Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie, 2021. 56 pages. ISBN 978-5-85803-570-19


Iakerson Sh. [Review:] David Stern. The Jewish Bible. A Material History. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2017. 303 pp. // Manuuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 26 No. 2 December 2020. P. 88—90.


Iakerson S.М. From Letter to Type. Essays on the History of the Medieval Hebrew Book. St. Petersburg: Contrast, 2016. 392 p., ill. ISBN 978-5-4380-0154-6


Iakerson Sh. Ozar Sepharad: Sephardic Treasury. Sephardic Books from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century. From Manuscripts to Printed Books. Manual for the Students of Hebrew Studies. St. Petersburg : St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Philology, 2015. 128 p., ill. ISBN 978-5-8465-1461-4.


Testament of the Sage Judah Ibn Tibbon to his Son Samuel Written in the Days of his Youth. Facsimile [Наставление мудреца Иуды Ибн Тиббона сыну Самуилу, сочиненное во дни юности оного]. Prolegomena, Critical Edition of the Text, Russian Translation from Hebrew, Glossary and Indexes by Sh.Iakerson. Poetical translation of the Prologue and Epilogue by E.Yuzbashyan. St Petersburg, St Petersburg Center for Oriental Studies Publishers 2011. 200 p.


Dmitriyev V. & Yakerson S. History and Culture of Jewish people on the Territory of Russia. St. Petersburg, 2007. 47 p. with ill.


Iakerson S.M. The Grand Choral Synagogue in St Petersburg. St Petersburg 2006.


Iakerson S. Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Vol. 2. New York and Jerusalem. 2005. 670 p.


Iakerson S. Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Vol. 1. New York and Jerusalem. 2004. (10), LXXVII, 568 [נח] p.


Iakerson Sh.M. מבחר פנינים. Selected Pearls. Treasures of Jewish Culture in Saint-Petersburg (manuscripts, documents, incunabula, ritual objects [Избранные жемчужины. Уникальные памятники еврейской культуры в Санкт-Петербурге (рукописи, документы, инкунабулы, культовая утварь)]. St Petersburg, 2003. 144 p. (Russian English bulingual edition).

Якерсон С.М. Еврейская средневековая книга: Кодикологические, палеографические, и книговедческие аспекты. М., 2003. 256 с.


Iakerson Sh. Hebrew Incunabula collection in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 6, No 4, December 2000. P. 14-23.


Iakerson Sh. An Unknown List of Hebrew Books // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 4, No 1, March 1998. P. 17-25.


Якерсон С.М. Еврейские инкунабулы. Описание экземпляров, хранящихся в библиотеках Москвы и Ленинграда. Ответственный редактор И.Ш.Шифман. Л., 1988. 337 с. (доп. тит. лист на англ. яз.)


Якерсон С.М. Каталог инкунабулов на древнееврейском языке библиотеки Ленинградского отделения Института востоковедения АН СССР. Ответственный редактор И.Ш.Шифман. Л., 1985, 107 с.

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