500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford showcases in America for the first time an extraordinary array of ancient manuscripts, books, and silver, including what has been called “the most important collection of Anglo-Jewish manuscripts in the world.”

Among 50 scintillating works, visitors will see a late 12th-century Ashkenazi siddur (book of daily prayers), thought to be the oldest extant anywhere, that was owned by a Sephardic Jew from the Iberian Peninsula who emigrated to England and wrote notes on his business dealings in Judeo-Arabic, a 13th-century manuscript of Samuel and Chronicles that was used by Christians to learn Hebrew, and two of the oldest manuscripts of Rashi in the world.

The show not only reveals Corpus’ then revolutionary study of Scripture in its original languages, but, through dazzling illuminated texts, the early origins of English and French, Italian Renaissance works, and explorations of the natural world (including contemporary sketches of Galileo’s observations of the moon’s surface, and a letter by Newton about the orbits of comets).

To learn more about this exhibit and the rich array of programming, including lectures, gallery talks, and docent-led tours that complement the exhibition, please visit www.cjh.org/oxford.

Exhibit Closed

This exhibit closed on
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Currently on Display

1917: How One Year Changed The World presented by American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum
The Rome Lab presented by Centro Primo Levi, the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Center for Jewish History
The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back presented by the Yeshiva University Museum
Becoming "German Jews" in America presented by the Leo Baeck Institute
Nosotros: Strengthening Bonds between Jewish and Latino Communities presented by the American Sephardi Federation
George Salter: A Legacy of Book Design presented by the Leo Baeck Institute