Friday, July 27, 2012

N.Y. Jewish Museum to feature medieval manuscripts for first time

An exhibit at The Jewish Museum in New York will feature medieval religious manuscripts, many on display for the first time. The exhibit, titled "Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries,” will feature manuscripts 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," Claudia Nahson, the exhibit’s curator, told Reuters. "It is an incredible manuscript, so profusely decorated. There are so many illuminated pages it is hard to choose which one to show." The works range in date from the third century to the late 16th century. On display from Sept. 14 to Feb. 3, the exhibit will have three sections: on early Christianity and Judaism; the late Middle Ages; and a Hebraica section from the Bodleian Library. -- JTA

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