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.
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.