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Arts & Culture Behind the Numbers on Encyclopaedia Judaica

October 25, 2006
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Here are some key facts about the second edition of the Jewish Encyclopaedia: Total entries: 21,632.

Total new entries: 2,664.

Total entry words: 15,818,675.

Total main body pages (excluding index volume): approximately 17,126.

New bibliographical references: 30,021.

Longest entry: Israel, Land and State, at around 600,000 words.

Longest bibliography: Kabbalah.

Most writers for a single entry: Bible — the ancient biblical translations subsection had 11 writers, one for each language (Ethiopic, Armenian, Syriac, etc.).

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