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Amid the Alien Corn: Scrolls of Ruth at the Library of Congress

(The Following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The Scroll of Ruth is one of the five biblical scrolls, and with its pastoral beauty and idyllic-like quality is surely one of the most popular books in the Hebrew Bible. The story, which unfolds in the fields of […]

A Haggadah with a Chinese Touch

On the shelves of the Hebraic rare book collection, housed in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, sits a Haggadah published in Amsterdam in 1781, by the Widow and Sons of Jacob Proops, a very well-established Hebrew printing press. According to Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, this Haggadah is listed in two classic bibliographies: […]

Book as Microcosm: A Unique Hebrew Copy of Ibn Sina’s Canon

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The book is bound in dark brown leather over wooden boards, its tooled surface rubbed smooth with age. Its envelope-style binding, common to works in the Muslim world, is highly unusual in the world of Hebrew […]