[Sca-cooks] CORRECTION of OT Judith has an SCA name!

Judith Epstein judith at ipstenu.org
Wed Dec 2 09:42:32 PST 2009

On 2 Dec 2009, at 10:23 AM, Judith Epstein wrote:

> 2. I've seen the Gabriel Academy site. Over and over. It's got 175 female names (out of a whopping 280,000 records), which were used by "over 200" women, all living in Cairo (or at least dying there, or marrying, and possibly owning land, but not really a lot), within the course of 1000 years (870 CE - 1880 CE), in cities ranging from Samarkand (Central Asia) to Sijilmasa (Morocco), Aden to Constantinople to Kiev? There were definitely more than 200 women in those areas, and they had to have had a name pool of over 175 names. Therefore, the geniza -- though extremely valuable in a lot of ways -- isn't something I can consider exhaustive. Since I don't really care for most of the names recorded in the geniza, moreover, it is not going to be my resource.

What I should have said was that the chief (ahem, kind of 'only') name source on the Gabriel site, for a Jewish woman living in the Arab world, is the Cairo geniza. The geniza is the one with the 175 female names et cetera. The Gabriel site has more, of course, but no more directly, demonstrably applicable to Jewesses living in Yemen.

D'vorah, mka Judith Epstein
Master Albrecht Waldfurster's Egg
Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
judith at ipstenu.org

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