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The Kennicott Bible counts among the most significant medieval manuscripts from Spain. As a special feature in the colophon at the end of the Kennicott Bible, the scribe immortalized himself: the famous Moses Ibn Zaraba, who completed the work in in La Coruna in Northwestern Spain.
This Hebrew Bible, preserved in its original, gorgeous binding unites gloriously ornamental and figurative book decoration on pages. It gained its name from the Hebraist Benjamin Kennicot, who researched the manuscript in the 18th century. A truly noble treasure! Fine Italian morocco goatskin box-binding over specially prepared boards. Interlacing geometric designs on all six sides embossed with handmade dies.
Facsimile edges gilt with 23 carat gold leaf. Facsimile and Commentary volume enclosed in velvet lined, portfolio box. As a special feature in the colophon at the end of the Kennicott Bible, the scribe immortalized himself: the famous Moses Ibn Zaraba , who completed the work in in La Coruna in Northwestern Spain.
It gained its name from the Hebraist Benjamin Kennicot , who researched the manuscript in the 18th century. The adornment of the Kennicott Bible makes it something exceptional. The ornamentation of this title is made up of zoomorphic figures , designed with glorious colors and splendidly gilded.
An extremely noble appearance and very accurate execution characterize the style of the Kennicot Bible. This is particularly clear on the 27 pages of the Sefer Michlol , which is splendidly adorned all over with arcade architecture. The carpet pages , which additionally decorate the manuscript, round out this accomplished picture! This unusual detail for a Hebrew Bible is the work of the scribe Moses Ibn Zabara , who wanted to immortalize himself in this manner.
Zaraba was supported in his work on the bible by the painter Joseph Ibn Hayyim. Together they created a true masterpiece of medieval Spanish illumination in the Kennicot Bible! This composition is appropriately dignified through the employment of fine, fantastical ornamentation and precious gold leaf, which shines on all the pages.
Benjamin Kennicott , an English Hebraist, made the bible famous through his study of it. Kennicot, who was employed as the canon of Christ Church in Oxford, pursued an intense study of Hebrew Bible texts and published these in a few standard references.
As an acknowledgement of this, one of the most exceptional manuscripts of medieval Spain bears his name! Kennicott Bible MS. Alternate Titles: Kennicott-Bibel. Images of Kennicott Bible facsimile edition.
Our price. Ask for a Quote. Call us. Details 1 volume: 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.
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He stated that he was personally responsible for the entire text of all twenty-four books of the Bible: he copied the text, added the vocalization marks, wrote all the notes of the Massorah , and finally corrected it against a traditionally accurate Bible. He wrote the Bible for Isaac, son of Solomon di Braga. 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 Two hundred and thirty-eight of the pages of the Bible are illuminated. There are 24 canonical book headings, 49 parashah headings structured with gold in different motifs featuring figures in many colors, 27 lavishly-illuminated arcaded pages framing the text of the Sefer Mikhlol , 9 fully illuminated carpet pages, and psalm headings. Remarkably, the manuscript contains an inscription identifying the artist who created the illuminations and minatures: Joseph ibn Hayyim.
The trustees duly purchased the Bible the following April, and it remained the property of the Radcliffe Library until , when it was transferred to the Bodleian. Kennicott could not have made a better choice, for the Bible , now named after him, is one of the finest Hebrew manuscripts in existence. How did he come by it? It had been placed in his hands by the Earl of Panmure, to whom it had been entrusted by its owner, Patrick Chalmers, a Scottish merchant, who had purchased it in Gibraltar. Amen, God grant that it be so. It began its travels in , when the Jews were expelled from Spain. 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 to Oxford.
The Kennicott Bible
Oxford , Bodleian Library , MS. Kennicott 1. The famous Kennicott Bible is one of the most sumptuous medieval Spanish manuscripts in existence. Written and illuminated in the last quarter of the 15th century , the codex is named after Benjamin Kennicott , the English Hebraist who continued the English tradition of studying the Hebrew bible, spending his life comparing textual variants of hundreds of Hebrew manuscripts worldwide.