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A Sign and a Witness: 2,000 Years of Hebrew Books and Illuminated Manuscripts (Studies in Jewish History)
A Sign and a Witness: 2,000 Years of Hebrew Books and Illuminated Manuscripts (Studies in Jewish History) Gold, Leonard Singer 0195056191 9780195056198 Appearing on the occasion of The New York Public Librarys exhibition of the Hebrew book from antiq
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A Sign and a Witness: 2,000 Years of Hebrew Books and Illuminated Manuscripts (Studies in Jewish History) by Gold, Leonard Singer

Appearing on the occasion of The New York Public Librarys exhibition of the Hebrew book from antiquity to modern times, this beautifully illustrated volume will serve both as a preparation for viewing the exhibition (October 15, 1988-January 14, 1989) and as a guide to further inquiry into the subject. Depicting the history and development of the making and distributing of Hebrew books from the Dead Sea Scrolls to modern times, this collection of essays and 100 illustrations (30 of them in color) examines, in a historical and cultural context, such topics as the decoration of Hebrew manuscripts, the origins of Hebrew printing, the Hebrew book in Christian Europe, translation into and out of Hebrew throughout the ages, and modern publishing. The contributors, all experts in their fields, share their knowledge in a manner that orients the novice, as well as informs the specialist. Many of the contributors offer new information, and some make material available for the first time in English. The volume includes such highlights as Frank Moore Cross examination of the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the study of the Hebrew Bible; Mordecai Glatzers investigation of hitherto unexplored aspects of the first Hebrew printed books; Michael Grunbergers description of the complementary roles that publishers and authors played in nurturing the renascent Hebrew literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; David Rudermans exploration of Christian ambivalence towards the Jews and their literature; and Chaim Potoks reflections on how certain Hebrew books have greatly influenced his own writing. Taken together, the essays in A Sign and a Witness treat the Hebrew book both as form and content. The volume reflects two themes in tension: the fundamental importance of the Hebrew book in itself, and the Hebrew books role as a vehicle in the international traffic of ideas and meeting of cultures.

Author: Gold, Leonard Singer

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 240

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1988-11-17

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