In the lengthy colophon at the end of the Hebrew illuminated manuscript known as the Kennicott Bible Offsite Link (Oxford, Bodleian Lib., MS. Kenn. 1) the scribe . We offer 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript “Kennicott Bible”: The Kennicott Bible facsimile edition, published by Facsimile Editions Ltd. – London, Label. loading. About. The Kennicott Bible. The Kennicott Bible is the most lavishly illuminated. Hebrew Bible to survive from medieval Spain and. Highlights .

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Fortunately, the binding has survived the centuries and it is as lavish as the manuscript itself for it is a morocco goatskin box binding, blind-tooled on all six sides and embellished with cut-out endpapers echoing the intricate motifs of the carpet pages dividing the Bible into its 3 keennicott sections.

The Kennicott Bible

A strictly limited edition of copies. In order to ensure and maintain the quality of colour and accuracy of detail while printing, Linda and Michael Falter stood at the printing press and personally checked the quality of every sheet for the duration bibpe the printing process.

Album of Mughal paintings and calligraphy Survey for visitors to this site. At the completion of the edition, the printing plates were destroyed, in accordance with halachic requirementsthus protecting the significant investment value of each copy. In December a digital facsimile of the manuscript was available from the Jewish Museum in New York at this link.

Combining Islamic, Christian, and popular motifs, the Kennicott Bible is the mostly lavishly illuminated Hebrew Bible that survived from medieval Spain, before the expulsion of the Jews in In the course of his work Kennicott acquired this manuscript for the Radcliffe Library from where it was transferred to the Bodleian in The two volumes are cased in a presentation portfolio box. The number of each facsimile is discreetly yet indelibly blind-stamped on the inside of the back kennictot using minute steel dies.

Once bound, the edges of each leaf were gilt with 23 carat gold. The Old Testament in its Social Context. The Samaritan Pentateuch stands alongside the Hebrew in parallel columns. In the course of his work Kennicott acquired this manuscript which in addition to its traditional masoretic text features an elaborate and imaginative kenniott that still survives today. The publication of the Kennicott Bible marked a milestone in publishing history and was greeted by enthusiastic press reviews and major editorials from publications around the world, some of which can be read in the press section of this website.


The manuscript, executed at a time when Jews — targeted by the Spanish Inquisition — were constantly harassed until their final expulsion inshows the significance of perpetuating the Jewish heritage with the creation of lavishly made manuscripts. Many processes and materials were used in unusual combinations to produce these effects.

The paper is so close in appearance and feel to real parchment that it leads many experts believe it to be the keennicott thing! He stated that he was personally responsible for the entire text of all twenty-four books of the Bible: Presentation Facsimile and Commentary volume enclosed in velvet lined, portfolio box.

Remarkably, the manuscript contains an inscription identifying the artist who created the illuminations and minatures: Theme Style Language Country. How did he come by it? Fine Italian biblee goatskin box-binding over specially prepared boards. The most exquisite of all Hebrew bibles, written and illuminated in medieval Spain injust 16 years before the Expulsion.

It is bound in the finest morocco to complement the Bible. Selected Works of J. The hole in the facsimile was cut in exactly the same position as the hole in the manuscript. Executed almost twenty years before the final Expulsion of the Jews from Spain inat a time when they were already being harassed by the Spanish Inquisitionthis manuscript shows what great importance Jewish communities attached to the perpetuation of their heritage by investing in the production of an accurate and beautifully adorned Bible.

The Dissertatio generalisappended to the second volume, contains an account of the manuscripts and other authorities collated, and also a review of the Hebrew text, divided into periods, and beginning with the formation of the Hebrew canon after kennicotg return of the Jews from the exile. The scribe would have bought the very best parchment available, but occasionally a skin would have a hole in it. Comments There are no comments yet.

Every copy is accompanied by a certificate bearing eknnicott seal of the Bodleian Library, verifying the number of the facsimile and the size of the edition.

Benjamin Kennicott – Wikipedia

Our price like new. King David on his throne, Jonah being swallowed by a fish, or Balaam as an astrologer consulting an astrolabeare but a few of the text illustrations in the Kennicott Bible. Les Proverbes de Salomon Few Hebrew illuminators signed their work. We have no idea of where Isaac ultimately settled, or whether he or one of his heirs was forced to sell the Bible in order to survive. Secure in its distinctive box binding, it may have gone with Isaac di Braga first to Portugal, and from there to North Africa, eventually, almost three centuries after its completion, finding its way kennicoft Oxford.


Notify me of new posts by email. Reproducing the extensive gold and silver metal leaf of the original was a major challenge which was eventually completed by seven craftsmen working continuously for four months applying leaf by hand to each illumination. The grammatical treatise was not copied austerely, in fact it is enclosed in exquisitely decorated arcaded pagespossibly to encourage the interest of the young child.

Between and ten “annual accounts” of the progress of the work were given; in its course Hebrew manuscripts and 52 printed editions of the Bible were either wholly or partially collated, and use was also made but often very perfunctorily of the quotations in the Talmud.

Kennicoth his flight, his precious Bible accompanied him; had he left Spain without it, the manuscript could not have survived the edict of Manuel I of Portugal ordering all Hebrew books in his kingdom to be burnt.

Kennicott 1 The most exquisite of all Hebrew bibles, written and illuminated in medieval Spain injust 16 bibe before the Expulsion. Kennicott was born at TotnesDevon. Kennicoyt materials thus collected, when arranged and prepared for the press, extended to 30 volumes. The artist, Joseph Ibn Hayyim, adorned the text with carpet pages, panels and numerous decorative motifs. Joseph Ibn Hayyim created in his own individual and distinct style a unique masterpiece.

Kennicott Bible « Facsimile edition

He succeeded his father as master of a charity school, but the generosity of some friends enabled him to go to Wadham College, Oxfordinand he distinguished himself in Hebrew and divinity.

We use UPS for most of our deliveries and can usually provide an international overnight service at no additional charge. Collecting Books, Manuscripts, Art. Exact reproduction of the original document extent, color and size Commentary 1 volume 97 pages by Bezalel Narkiss and Aliza Cohen-Mushlin Binding Fine Italian morocco goatskin box-binding over specially prepared boards.

Pages of the commentary volume. Before this appeared he had written two dissertations entitled The State of the Printed Hebrew Text of the Old Testament consideredpublished respectively in andwhich were designed to combat contemporary ideas as to the “absolute integrity” of the received Hebrew text.