Illuminated Piety Pietistic Texts and Images In The North French Hebrew Miscellany
Illuminated Piety: Pietistic Texts and Images in The North French Hebrew Miscellany, by Sara Offenberg, (Sources and Studies in the Literature of Jewish Mysticism 35); 2013, 232 pp. (with color illustrations), in English, ISBN 1-933379-39-1. This volume offers an interdisciplinary study of mystical ideas applied in the texts and images of the North French Hebrew Illuminated Miscellany copied around 1280. This book offers an inquiry into a series of full-page illuminated scenes and their relation to piyyut commentary and the ideas of Hasidei Ashkenaz. At the heart of the book is a study of a text concerning gematriot, which is a shorter version of Sefer Gematriot of Rabbi Judah the Pious, and this version is published here for the first time. In addition to an analysis of mystical traditions, this study discusses issues of Jewish-Christian polemics that are reflected in the texts and illuminations. It offers a new understanding of the cultural exchange between different Jewish communities, and the transmission of knowledge between Hekhalot literature, Hasidei Ashkenaz, and this north French manuscript.
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