Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries

Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries

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Representing four centuries of collecting and 1,000 years of Jewish history, this book brings together extraordinary Hebrew manuscripts and rare books from the Bodleian Library and Oxford colleges. Highlights of the collections include a fragment of Maimonides' autograph draft of the 'Mishneh Torah'; the earliest dated fragment of the Talmud, exquisitely illuminated manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible; stunning festival prayerbooks and one of the oldest surviving Jewish seals in England. Lavishly illustrated essays by experts in the field bring to life the outstanding works contained in the collections, as well as the personalities and diverse motivations of their original collectors, who include Archbishop William Laud, John Selden, Edward Pococke, Robert Huntington, Matteo Canonici, Benjamin Kennicott and Rabbi David Oppenheim.

Saved for posterity by religious scholarship, intellectual rivalry and political ambition, these extraordinary collections also bear witness to the consumption and circulation of knowledge across the centuries, forming a social and cultural history of objects moved across borders, from person to person. Together, they offer a fascinating journey through Jewish intellectual and social history from the tenth century onwards.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 237 x 259mm
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 136 Illustrations, color
  • 1851245022
  • 9781851245024

About Rebecca Abrams

Rebecca Abrams is an award-winning author and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Cesar Merchan-Hamann is Hebrew and Judaica Curator in the Bodleian Library and Director of the Leopold Muller Memorial Library at the University of Oxford.
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