The Kennicott Bible: A Masterpiece of Jewish Book Art
The Kennicott Bible is one of the most celebrated Hebrew Bibles that survives today, having delighted readers since its creation in 1476. Originating from La Coruña in northern Spain, it features lavish carpet pages, gold leaf silhouettes, and abundant marginal decorations. This extraordinary manuscript is a treasure trove of history, culture, devotion, art, and cross-cultural collaboration.
This book features reproductions of the decorated pages of the stunning manuscript, accompanied by four chapters authored by experts in the fields of Bible study, book history, and medieval Jewish art. These experts discuss the Bible from several perspectives, explaining the Hebrew text of the Bible, the scribe who created the pages, the layout and paleography, and the illuminator who produced the Bible’s decoration and its imagery. This volume also includes an analysis of the early medieval commentary on the Old Testament, the Masorah.
Richly illustrated throughout, this beautiful book makes a treasure of Jewish art available for a new audience, alongside the latest scholarship on its origins, provenance, and creation.
- Katrin Kogman-Appel - 272 pages - 9.3 inches W x 10.3 inches L - Hardcover - Bodleian Library, University of Oxford - 2024 - Manuscripts - Item #: 978-1851246007
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