Medieval Jewish books focus of Bodleian Library exhibit

From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."

The exhibit focuses on aspects of medieval Jewish life in non-Jewish areas in the 300 years between the thirteenth century and fifteenth century, especially the interaction between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Manuscripts to be exhibited include: The Kennicott Bible, the Michael Mahzor, and the largest fragment of uninterrupted text of the book of Ben Sira (Ecclesiastics) in Hebrew.