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Joseph ha-Ṣarfati
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Joseph ha-Ṣarfati (fl. c. 1300) was a miniaturist who is known from only one manuscript, which he decorated in Tudela. Perhaps an immigrant from France, he introduced into the tradition of Hebrew Bible decoration a wealth of Gothic motifs and figural elements.

Joseph ha-Ṣarfati was a Jewish illuminator active in Tudela, Navarre. Our knowledge about him comes from an unusual colophon in a Sephardic Bible commonly known as the Cervera Bible (Lisbon, Biblioteca nacional, MS Il. 72, fol. 449r), which was copied between the summer of 1299 and the spring of 1300 by Samuel ba…

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Kogman-Appel, Katrin, “Joseph ha-Ṣarfati”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031630>
First published online: 2023

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