Illuminated Manuscripts

The Jerusalem Post has published an article about medieval illuminated mahzorim.

“Tracking down information about all aspects of the manuscript, it’s possible to glean a wealth of information about the life of the Jews in a particular place and time, customs that became a part of tradition, internal and external political issues and the relations between Jewish communities and their Christian neighbors,” said Sternhal.

Researchers at Hebrew University’s Center for Jewish Art study both the illustrations and the text to glean facts about the community a manuscript came from.  Since few artifacts of other types have survived from the Middle Ages, manuscripts are particularly important for the study of Medieval Jewry.

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