Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries

September 14, 2012 - February 3, 2013

Over fifty manuscripts, many of them illuminated, from the renowned Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, highlight the role of Hebrew books as a meeting place of cultures in the Middle Ages. Many of these works are on view in the United States for the first time.

Kalila and Dimna, in Arabic, Syria?, 1354, 14 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (36.8 x 22.2 cm), MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b

Crossing Borders features a superb selection of over fifty Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic manuscripts from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, one of the world’s richest collections of manuscripts and printed books related to medieval European Jewish culture. The manuscripts, many of them exquisitely illuminated, illustrate the fertile exchanges among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the fields of religion, art, science, and literature. Included is one of the Bodleian’s greatest treasures: the magnificent Kennicott Bible. Many of the works in the exhibition are on view in the United States for the first time.

This exhibition is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, co-curated by Piet can Boxel and Sabine Arndt for the Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2009. The Jewish Museum presentation has been organized by Claudia Nahson, Curator, facilitated by the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Unless otherwise noted, all works in the exhibition are from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.

Leadership support is provided by the David Berg Foundation.
Generous support is provided by The Achelis Foundation and the Joseph Alexander Foundation. This presentation is made possible with endowment support from the Jewish Museum Centennial Exhibition Fund and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Exhibition Fund.
Kennicott Bible photography and online feature are by Ardon Bar Hama. In-kind support for these projects is generously provided by George S. Blumenthal.
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