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Lisbon's Hebrew Bible: Medieval Jewish Art in Context

This series is made possible by The David Berg Foundation.

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Hanukkah: A Higher Holiday

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In conjunction with the exhibition Lisbon's Hebrew Bible: Medieval Jewish Art in Context (on view November 22, 2011, through January 16, 2012), David Kraemer, the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary, presents this lecture celebrating a masterwork of Hebrew manuscript illumination and discusses the vital importance of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition.

Recorded on December 21, 2011

The installation is made possible by The David Berg Foundation.

Lisbon's Hebrew Bible

Medieval Jewish Art in Context

November 22, 2011–January 16, 2012

All of the images from the Bible are available on the National Library of Portugal website.

The second in a series of installations that focus, one at a time, on masterworks of Hebrew manuscript illumination from a national or international collection. The display highlights Jewish artistic culture in the Middle Ages by presenting it alongside contemporary works of art, mostly created for Christians, from the Museum's own collection. This installment features the Cervera Bible, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. The pages of this Hebrew Bible, one of the most splendid manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be turned weekly, giving viewers the rare opportunity to see many of its beautiful illustrations.

Related article: "Lisbon's Hebrew Bible: An Enlightened Acquisition" (January 9, 2012)


Left: Menorah of Zechariah's Vision (Folio 316v), from the Cervera Bible, illuminated by Joseph the Frenchman, Spain, 1299–1300. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment. Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon (BNP, IL.72)