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  • Afghan ketubah, 19th century

    Manuscript, Ketubah, marriage contract

    The tradition of the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the earliest documents...

  • Duke of Sussex's Catalan Bible

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    The messianic imagery found in these splendid Hebrew Bibles is unique. Crystallised in Spain in the 13th century and app...

  • Duke of Sussex's Italian Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    A 15th-century Pentateuch featuring illuminated letters, which are rare in Hebrew manuscripts. What is the Pentateuch? ...

  • First complete Mishnah

    Book

    This was the first complete printed text of the Mishnah – a book of authoritative Jewish law as compiled by early rabbis...

  • First Gaster Bible

    Manuscript

    Thought to be one of the earliest surviving Hebrew biblical codices. Why is the manuscript important? This is one of th...

  • Italian Code of the Law, 'The decisions of Isaiah...

    Manuscript

    The Italian Code of the Law is known as 'The decisions of Isaiah ben Elijah di Trani, the Younger'. This copy was produc...

  • Italian ketubah

    Manuscript, Ketubah

    The tradition of the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the earliest documents...

  • Karaite Book of Exodus

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript

    This important 10th-century CE Karaite Book of Exodus was endowed with exquisite carpet pages decorated with stylised fl...

  • Karaite Pentateuch

    Printed book

    This Pentateuch, used by Russian Karaite Jews in 19th-century Crimea, is a reminder that Judaism has a variety of sects...

  • Leipnik Haggadah

    Manuscript

    What is a haggadah? A haggadah is a collection of Jewish prayers and readings written to accompany the Passover 'seder',...

  • Maimonides' Guide to the Perplexed

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Codex

    Guide for the Perplexed is a philosophical work by Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides (1135–1204). He was born in Cor...

  • Moses Mendelssohn’s Pentateuch translation

    Printed book

    A first edition of Moses Mendelssohn’s translation of the Pentateuch. Who was Moses Mendelssohn? Moses Mendelssohn (172...

  • The Duke of Sussex's German Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript

    This page of the Duke of Sussex's German Pentateuch shows the kind of marginal decoration often painted in Hebrew mediev...

  • The Duke of Sussex's Portuguese Pentateuch

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript

    Jews enjoyed a rich cultural life in 15th-century Portugal, as is demonstrated by this fine manuscript. It is one of onl...

  • The Great Rabbinic Bible

    Printed book

    A first edition of the Second Rabbinic Bible (or Mikra’ot Gedolot in Hebrew), produced and edited by the Jewish scholar ...