Item No: mco1400042
Title: Masoretic Bible
Rare Book Department
This item appeared in the exhibition "Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions" in the Rare Book Department, August 2015-January 2016.
This is the label from that exhibition:
The Masoretic Text is the authoritative Hebrew of the Jewish Tanakh, traditionally written in the margins around the scriptural Hebrew. This elaborate manuscript reflects the history and traditions of Spanish Jewry in the fifteenth century. Although written in Portugal after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the micrography (the borders of minute Hebrew letters shaped into patterns and pictures) of the Masoretic Text and the “carpet pages” (like many Spanish Jewish texts, influenced by decorated Qur’ans) are from the Spanish tradition.
Lewis O 140