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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Kennicott 1 The most exquisite of all Hebrew bibles, written and illuminated in medieval Spain injust 16 years before the Expulsion. Show More Like This by: Skip to main content. As a special feature in the colophon at the end of the Kennicott Bible, the scribe immortalized himself: You can also Sign up for a Free Account to access some prices online and kennjcott a list of your Favorites.

Kennicott’s great work was in one sense a failure.

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He did not work alone, but in close collaboration with an artist of genius, who on the last page of bibel manuscript exuberantly signed his name in anthropomorphic and zoomorphic creatures: We’re gathering information about what you’d like to find here.

Before reproduction could commence, the manuscript had to be photographed, an especially difficult task considering that disbinding of the manuscript was not permitted and the sides of the box binding prevented easy access of the large-format camera. He wrote the Bible for Isaac, son of Solomon di Braga.

Blog 26 March The highly stylized figures – almost modern in their abstract rendering – delight the eye with the richness of their colours and their varied compositions. Written and illuminated in the last kennnicott of the 15th centurythe codex is named after Benjamin Kennicottthe English Hebraist who continued kennidott English tradition of studying the Hebrew bible, spending his life comparing textual variants of hundreds of Hebrew manuscripts worldwide.


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.

Benjamin Kennicott

The Bodleian Library, Oxford. The first contains “a comparison of I Chron. Few Hebrew illuminators signed their work. The adornment of the Kennicott Bible makes it something exceptional. The paper is so close in appearance and feel to real parchment that it leads many experts believe it to be the real thing!

The hole in the facsimile was cut in exactly the same position as the hole in the manuscript. Contact us for a quote You can also Sign up for a Free Account to access some prices online and save a list of your Favorites.

Their ingenuity, dedication and integrity ensured perfect reproduction of the lavish gold and silver and the intricate yet vibrant colours of the hundreds of illuminated pages. This composition is appropriately dignified through the employment of fine, fantastical ornamentation and precious gold leaf, which shines on all the pages.

The Commentary Volume contains many additional illustrations of comparative material and is produced as a separate volume the same size as the facsimile. With no other signature in it and no external evidence of other owners before it came into the hands of Benjamin Kennicott in Oxford, this part of the history of the Bible still remains a mystery.


This page was last edited on 23 Marchat The manuscript is preserved in the Bodleian Library. In Kennicott was elected a fellow of Exeter College, Oxfordand in he took his degree of M. Zaraba was supported in his work on the bible by the painter Joseph Ibn Hayyim. How did he come by it?

Not satisfied merely to reproduce the appearance of parchmentthe original folios were studied and measured for their kennciott, weight and opacity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Two hundred and thirty-eight of the pages of the Bible are illuminated with lively colours, burnished gold and silver leaf.

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In the course of his work Kennicott acquired this manuscript which in addition to its traditional masoretic text features an elaborate and imaginative decoration that jennicott survives today. 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. This unusual detail for a Hebrew Bible is the work of the blble Moses Ibn Zabarawho wanted to immortalize himself in this manner.

This Hebrew Bible, preserved in its original, gorgeous binding unites gloriously ornamental and figurative book decoration on pages.

In a unique statement at the end of the manuscript, the Jewish artist Joseph Ibn Hayyim writes his own colophon.