Our collection of Hebrew manuscripts is one of the most important in the world. Its volumes embrace many areas of Hebrew literature, with Bible, Talmud, kabbalah, philosophy and poetry being particularly well represented.
The beginnings of the British Library's Hebrew collections, including 130 manuscripts and charters bequeathed by Robert Harley.
The expansion of the collections up to the mid-19th century, when the Hebrew collections comprised about 300 manuscripts.
322 medieval and early modern Hebrew manuscripts, added to the collections in 1865.
These include Karaite, Yemenite and Samaritan manuscripts.
10,000 fragments from Cairo, providing insight into Jewish life around the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages.
How to access the collections
Substantial holdings of Hebrew manuscript catalogues and full-text resources are available on microfilm or microfiche.
Ilana Tahan, M.Phil., Lead Curator, Hebrew and Christian Orient Studies
Asian and African Studies
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