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Jewish Studies Materials in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Notable Manuscript Collections

Abram Kanof papers, 1858-1996, n.d. (bulk 1928-1991): The Abram Kanof Papers are relevant to the study of religious art in the Judaic tradition, and they also document Dr. Kanof's contributions, as a researcher, patron, and administrator, to the study of the relationship between art and Jewish liturgy and worship.

Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers papers, 1970-1980: Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers are professors in Duke University's Department of Religion. Throughout their careers, they have conducted archeological digs in relation to their interest in biblical and Judaic studies. The materials in the collection include binders and notebooks of notes, charts, and records; notecards; photographs; coins; and drawings.

Visual Materials and Illustrated Volumes

Illustrating the Hebrew Bible: This 2010 exhibit highlights pieces from the Duke University Libraries, including the Rubenstein.

Search among the holdings included in the Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Collection of Jewish Art, Archaeology, and Symbolism. The Rubenstein has received many of its haggadot and other Judaica through the generosity of Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof. The North Carolina Museum of Art has them to thank for many of the pieces in its Judaica collection.

Kennicott Bible:A facsimile of the most exquisite of all Hebrew bibles, written and illuminated in medieval Spain in 1476, just 16 years before the Expulsion.

Rothschild Haggadah: Written in northern Italy in 1479, this Haggadah is one of the most exquisite sections of the Israel Museum's Rothschild Miscellany, a manuscript unrivaled in richness and scope. Our volume is a facsimile of this unique text.

Rylands Haggadah: A facsimile of an illustrated Haggadah from 14th century Catalonia.

Subject Search

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