Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word
Discover the highlights of our new exhibition, Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word, alongside curator Ilana Tahan, in this digital walkthrough. Spanning science, religion, law, music, philosophy, magic, alchemy and Kabbalah, our new exhibition showcases rarely-seen treasures from Europe and North Africa, through to the Middle East and China. It explores the interactions, exchanges of knowledge and influences between Jewish people and their neighbours in the communities they lived in. Showcasing around 40 manuscripts, featuring beautifully illuminated texts, intricately detailed illustrations and scientific diagrams, discover fascinating stories revealed through the writing people have left behind.
Gems include one of the first Jewish scientific works written in the Hebrew language, a manuscript containing instructions for mystical meditation, Jacob Rafael of Modena's letter to Henry VIII on his marriage annulment, and the First Gaster Bible - the earliest object in the exhibition dating from the 10th century. A number of manuscripts are on public view for the first time.
Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word is generously supported by the Dr Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation. With thanks to the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Shoresh Charitable Trust, and The David Pearlman Charitable Foundation.
This event is presented jointly with Milim, Leeds
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Ilana Antoinette Tahan, M.Phil. OBE has been educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and at the Aston University in Birmingham, UK where she was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree. Ilana joined the British Library as Hebraica Curator in 1989. In 2002, she became Head of the Hebrew Section, in charge of one of the finest Hebraic collections in the UK, comprising some 3,000 Hebrew manuscripts, 7,000 Genizah fragments and 75,000 printed books. Since 2010, Ilana has been Lead Curator of Hebrew and Christian Orient Studies. In addition to being responsible for the British Library’s significant Hebraic collections, she also manages the Library’s Christian Orient collections, which include the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Georgian and Syriac holdings.
Ilana has been the Lead Curator responsible for the smooth running and delivery of the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project, a major, externally funded project undertaken by the British Library, 2013-2020. In 2009, Ilana was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to scholarship.
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