Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts by Marc Michael EpsteinSkies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts by Marc Michael Epstein

Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts

EditorMarc Michael EpsteinContribution byEva Frojmovic, Jenna Siman Jacobs

Hardcover | April 13, 2015

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The love of books in the Jewish tradition extends back over many centuries, and the ways of interpreting those books are as myriad as the traditions themselves.Skies of Parchment, Seas of Inkoffers the first full survey of Jewish illuminated manuscripts, ranging from their origins in the Middle Ages to the present day. Featuring some of the most beautiful examples of Jewish art of all time-including hand-illustrated versions of the Bible, the Haggadah, the prayer book, marriage documents, and other beloved Jewish texts-the book introduces readers to the history of these manuscripts and their interpretation.

Edited by Marc Michael Epstein with contributions from leading experts, this sumptuous volume features a lively and informative text, showing how Jewish aesthetic tastes and iconography overlapped with and diverged from those of Christianity, Islam, and other traditions. Featured manuscripts were commissioned by Jews and produced by Jews and non-Jews over many centuries, and represent Eastern and Western perspectives and the views of both pietistic and liberal communities across the Diaspora, including Europe, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa.

Magnificently illustrated with pages from hundreds of manuscripts, many previously unpublished or rarely seen,Skies of Parchment, Seas of Inkoffers surprising new perspectives on Jewish life, presenting the books of the People of the Book as never before.

Marc Michael Epsteinis the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) and Norman Davis Chair of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College. His most recent book,The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination, was named one of the best books of 2011 by theTimes Literary Supplement.Eva Frojmovicis lecturer in the history of art at th...
Title:Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated ManuscriptsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 13, 2015Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691165246

ISBN - 13:9780691165240

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1Introduction: For the Love of Books 1
Marc Michael Epstein
2People of the Book/Books of the People: Illuminating the Canon 19
Hartley Lachter with Marc Michael Epstein
3Parchments and Palimpsests: Scribe, Illuminator, Patron, Audience 29
Marc Michael Epstein
Focus: The Illuminated Page: Materials, Methods, and Techniques
Barbara Wolff40
4Mapping the Territory: ʾArbÊ-ah Kanfot Haʾareáº-The Four Corners of the Medieval Jewish World 47
EreẠYisrael/The Land of Israel: Homeland and Center
Marc Michael Epstein47
Italia/Italy: The First Western Diaspora
Marc Michael Epstein55
Ashkenaz: Franco-Germany, England, Central and East Europe
Eva Frojmovic with Marc Michael Epstein 63
Sepharad and Ê-Arav: Spain and the Middle East
Raymond P. Scheindlin with Marc Michael Epstein 72
The Problem of "National Style"
Eva Frojmovic with Marc Michael Epstein77
5No Graven Image: Permitted Depictions, Forbidden Depictions, and Creative Solutions 89
Eva Frojmovic and Marc Michael Epstein
Focus: Exploring the Mystery of the Birds' Head Haggadah
Marc Michael Epstein97
6Iconography: Telling the Story 105
Marc Michael Epstein
Geographical Distinctions 105
Approaches to the Biblical Narrative 122
7Dialogue and Disputation: Cultural Negotiation 145
Marc Michael Epstein
Under Edom 145
Under Ishmael 153
8This World: Centered on the Home-Women, Marriage, and the Family 159
Shalom Sabar
Focus: "Glimpses of Jewish Life": Reality or Illusion?
Marc Michael Epstein175
Focus: "Incidental Details": Margins and Meaning
Marc Michael Epstein182
Focus: "Sacred and Profane": Naked Ladies in the Haggadah?
Ágnes VetÅ188
9Other Worlds: Fantastic Horizons and Unseen Universes 193
Hartley Lachter with Marc Michael Epstein
10Zion and Jerusalem: "The Sum of All Beauty, the Joy of All the Earth" 205
Shalom Sabar
11In the Royal Court: Jewish Illumination in an Age of Printing 215
Marc Michael Epstein
Focus: A Yiddish Minhagim Manuscript 225
Diane Wolfthal
12Illuminating the Present: Contemporary Jewish Illumination 229
Susan Vick with Marc Michael Epstein
13Continuing the Journey: Annotated Bibliography and Manuscript Descriptions 255
Jenna Siman Jacobs with Marc Michael Epstein
Manuscripts and Facsimiles 255
Surveys 261
Collection Surveys and Exhibition Catalogues 263
Studies 265
Contributor Biographies 267
Index 269
Photo Credits 276

Editorial Reviews

"Although the language of the publication is light-hearted, the book is rich in information, interesting hypotheses and surprising interpretations, often challenging previously held convictions. . . . This book speaks about beautiful books--and in doing so is certainly a delightful example of such."--Wojciech Kosior, Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture