Page 81 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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paintings, mosaics and manuscript illustrations. While the wall
paintings of the synagogue at Dura-Europos and the mosaic
pavements from synagogues in Palestine and North Africa were
published earlier, the miniatures from Hebrew manuscripts are
for the most part here published for the first time. The beautiful
thirteenth century Manuscript Add. 11639 of the British Museum
is represented with eight pictures, the exquisite Bible, Kennicott I
of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, dated 1476, is also illustrated
by a number of specimens. Illuminated pages from the Sassoon
Bible and other important manuscripts complete the selection.
Problems of manuscript production and Christian and Jewish
tradition are discussed with caution. In his interpretation of the
Malta Mosaic as “Samson and Delilah,” the author relied on
earlier authorities. Cohn-Wiener in publishing the incomplete
mosaic has contributed to the confusion. As it appears now, the
subject matter is not biblical. For the more recent literature on
the mosaic see the Jewish Quarterly Review, vol. XXXVI, 1945.
Leveen’s volume is provided with 41 plates, an ample bibliography,
a carefully drawn list of illustrations, footnotes and an index.