Rare 1489 Prague Bible Online
The first page of the book of Esther in the Prague Bible
Photo source: The Prague Bible Yeshiva University News reports:
Imagine being able to study Torah using a rare, illuminated Bible written in 1489. Thanks to technology, today anyone can now enjoy this privilege by visiting Yeshiva University’s Library Web site. Individuals can see every page of the nearly 2,000 images of the Bible, even enhance the images, and literally use the Bible as a textbook. To view the Prague Bible click on the Digital Projects link at "http://www.yu.edu/libraries/".
One of the finest examples of a complete Hebrew manuscript Bible in existence, the three-volume manuscript includes 84 leaves with illuminated panels, gold calligraphy against foliate decorations and commentary by Rashi, the renowned medieval sage in a version of interest to scholars due to textual variants. The Bible was recently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as part of its “Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437” exhibition.
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