Francisco Javier de Barco del Barco

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Javier DEL BARCO (Madrid, 1973) is a specialist in Hebrew codicology and paleography, and in the history of Hebrew manuscripts and incunabula from the late Middle Ages to the early Modernity. His research is focused in questions such as the study and interpretation of the book as a historical and cultural object, the relation between the object and the text, practices of reading, using and collecting manuscripts and incunabula, and Hebrew book transmission and circulation.


Ph.D. (2001) in Hebrew Studies (Summa cum Laude), Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Postgraduate Studies (1996-1997) and Hebrew Program, Departments of Hebrew Language, Bible and Assiriology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

M.A. (Licenciatura, 2001) in Spanish Studies (Language and Literature), U.N.E.D.

M.A. (Licenciatura, 1996) in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (with honors), Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


2013-2019: National Program for Research Grant (Proyecto Plan Nacional): project entitled “Legacy of Sepharad: The Material and Intellectual Legacy of Late Medieval Sephardic Judaism” (First part 2013-

2015: FFI2012-38451; Second part 2016-2019: FFI2015-63700-P). Further details at:

2018: LabexMed/IMéRA Research Fellow for five months at Institute of Advanced Studies (IMéRA) of the University of Aix-Marseille, France. Further details: 

2017: Early Jewish Books (1500-1700) Research Fellow for three months at Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland.

2013-2014: “Research in Paris” Grant for a stay of six months at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes of the C.N.R.S., Paris, France, and five additional months invited at the same center.

2012: Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe Grant, Jewish Heritage Programme, for the project: “Hebrew Manuscripts from Sepharad: The Lives and Afterlives of Books and Owners.” (Exhibition at the Biblioteca Nacional de España and catalogue; see:

2008-2012: Member of an ERC Starting Grant led by Professor Esperanza Alfonso (CSIC), project entitled “INTELEG: The Intellectual and Material Legacies of Late Medieval Sephardic Judaism: An Interdisciplinary Approach;” see further details at:

2008: Skirball Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies for six months.

2006: Universidad Complutense Research grant (four months) at Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (C.N.R.S.) and Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France.

2002-2003: Maurice Amado Foundation Research Fellow in Sephardic Studies for the project: “A Sephardic Understanding of the Bible: Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Spanish Translations of the Bible in comparison with the Hebrew Text.”

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