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Illumination of Books
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Jewish illumination was widespread in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe from the Middle Ages until the invention of printing. The illustrated works were Hebrew books of religious, predominantly liturgical character and to a lesser extent also legal works and other manuscripts. Illumination developed a specifically Jewish imagery but was also embedded in the art and culture of non-Jewish surroundi…

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Kogman-Appel, Katrin, “Illumination of Books”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0126>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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