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Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Library
Friday Sep 14 2012 11:00 AM - Sunday Feb 3 2013 5:45 PM
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue
The Jewish Museum
England's Bodleian Library at Oxford University, established by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602, is renowned for its great treasures. Among them is one of the most important collections of medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts in the world. Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries will feature over 60 works - Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts - the majority of which have never been seen in the United States. Included will be the splendid Kennicott Bible as well two works in the hand of Maimonides, one of the most prominent Jewish philosophers and rabbinic authorities. This presentation showcases a selection from the Bodleian's superb holdings within the larger context of the history of medieval Christian Hebraism - the study by Christian scholars of the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic sources, which first received full expression in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. As Protestantism took hold in the sixteenth century, Hebraist trends resurged, sparking interest in the collecting of Hebrew books, and propelling the formation of the Bodleian's outstanding Hebraica collection. This exhibition is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures co-curated by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt for The Bodleian Libraries. The New York City presentation has been organized by The Jewish Museum's Curator Claudia Nahson.
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