Jewish Museum Exhibits Rare Medieval Manuscripts

By JTA

Published July 25, 2012.

The Jewish Museum in New York is opening an exhibit featuring medieval religious manuscripts, many on display for the first time.

The manuscripts come from the Bodleian Library at Oxford College in England, and include ancient copies of the Bible, the Gospels and other works, according to Reuters. Included in the exhibit will be the Kennicott Bible, created in Spain in 1476 and considered one of the most richly illustrated existing manuscripts of its era.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to show it. It is an incredible manuscript, so profusely decorated. There are so many illuminated pages it is hard to choose which one to show,” Claudia Nahson, the exhibit’s curator, told Reuters.

The exhibit will be called “Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries,” and will be on display from Sept. 14 to Feb. 3. It will have three sections – on early Christianity and Judaism; the late Middle ages; and a Hebraica section from the Bodleian Library.

The works range in date from the third century to the late sixteenth.



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