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The Jerusalem Index of Jewish Art

Index of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

Index of Ancient Jewish Art

Index of Ritual Objects


Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8-9

Volume 10



Index of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts:

Volume 1:Receiving of the Torah, Bird's Head Haggadah (Southern Germany, c. 1300)

Four Haggadot

by Bezalel Narkiss and Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
Jerusalem - Paris, 1976

This is a detailed study with photographs of an important selection of Haggadot. The famous 13th-century Bird's Head Haggadah of Franconia, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, is probably the earliest of all illuminated haggadot known, beginning a tradition of illumination. The mid-14th century Erna Michael Haggadah, also at the Israel Museum, is unique in its school. The remaining two haggadot are Cretan, one at the Musee Conde in Chantilly and the Greek dated 1583 at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris. They reflect a Byzantine influence in their style but have traditional iconography. The volume includes a detailed reference section.

Volume 2:

Three Haggadot

by Bezalel Narkiss and Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
Jerusalem - Munich, 1981.

A study of the Yahuda, the Second Nrnberg and the Hileq and Bileq Haggadot. All three come from the same school of illumination of the first half of the 15th century in Southern Germany. The works are illustrated profusely with ritual, biblical and messianic depictions. Included in this set are 426 cards as well as a detailed reference section.

Volume 3:

The Rothschild MiscellanyBenediction for the new moon, Rothschild Miscellany (Italy, 1470-1480)

by Bezalel Narkiss and Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
Jerusalem, 1983

An in-depth account of this exciting manuscript, which once belonged to the Rothschild family. They presented it to the Bezalel National Museum which became part of the Israel Museum's collection, where it is today. The Miscellany consists of over 70 books on biblical, historical, philosophical and theological topics. The pages are adorned with over 1000 illustrations by Renaissance artists of the Veneto area who worked in the 1480s. A full reference section is included.

 Volume 4: 

The Kaufmann CollectionDavid and Goliath, First Kaufmann Mishneh Torah (France, 1236 and 1413).

by Bezalel Narkiss and Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
Budapest, 1990

An account of nine precious Hebrew illuminated manuscripts from the Kaufmann Collection in the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest. Six of them are Ashkenazi manuscripts from Germany and France, including the Maimuni Codex of Mishneh Torah and the first volume of the Tripartite Mahzor. Also included are the Spanish Kaufmann Haggadah and two Italian manuscripts (including the Pesaro Siddur, which has since disappeared from the library). The volume contains 283 cards.

Volume 5:Decoration, Copenhagen Catalan Bible (Spain, 1301)

Illuminated Manuscripts of the Copenhagen Collection at the Royal Library, Copenhagen

by Bezalel Narkiss and Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
Jerusalem, 1994.

This index documents both the manuscripts procured during an eighteenth-century expedition to the Middle East by King Christian V and the manuscripts belonging to the late Chief Rabbi of Denmark, David Simonsen, which were purchased by the Danish Royal Library upon his death. This volume contains descriptions of seventeen manuscripts on 258 cards, each with black and white photograph and accompanying iconographical information. 

See also volume 9 - Gross Family Collection: Manuscripts and Printed Books

Index of Ancient Jewish Art

Volume 6:

Archives of Ancient Jewish Art: Samples and Manual

by Yigael Yadin and Ruth Jacoby
Jerusalem, 1984

As the first publication of the Index , this collection concentrates on a variety of objects from coins and oil lamps to ossuaries, mosaic floors and synagogue decoration. This was one of the last projects of the renowned excavator of Massada, Yigael Yadin, who took great interest in getting this work published. The volume includes 42 photographs and plans.

Volume 10:

The Synagogues of Bar'am; Jerusalem Ossuaries

by Ruth Jacoby Ossuary (Jerusalem, 1 c. BCE - 1 c. CE)
Jerusalem, 1987

This volume describes in detail the ancient synagogues of Bar'am in the Galilee, dating from the 3rd to the 5th centuries. It also includes documentation, with special emphasis on decoration, of the important collections of ossuaries from the Franciscan Biblical School and the University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archeology.

Volume 7:

Shoshanim Le David: A Synagogue and Its Ritual Objects

by Bezalel Narkiss and Bracha Yaniv
Jerusalem, 1981 
In Hebrew.

This in-depth study of a Bucharian synagogue in Jerusalem reveals its many treasures, dating back to the early 20th century. Twenty-eight ritual objects are described, along with detailed photographs.

Volumes 8-9:

Gross Family Collection:


                                   Manuscripts and Printed Books

by Bezalel Narkiss and Bracha Yaniv
Jerusalem, 1985.

These two volumes give the reader a rare intimate look at one of the best collections of Jewish art in the world. The Gross Family Collection in Tel-Aviv consists of every type of Jewish ritual object in silver, gold, bronze and wood, gathered from most corners of the globe. The collection of Hebrew manuscripts and books are both medieval and from the 18th and 19th centuries. The first volume consists of 187 cards describing 86 ritual objects; the second volume includes the documentation of 11 manuscripts and printed books on 204 cards.




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