Haggadah and History: A Panorama in Facsimile of Five Centuries of the Printed Haggadah from the Collections of Harvard University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Hardcover, 1975




Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society of America, [1975]. Second printing


"This unusual and beautiful volume offers, for the first time, a panoramic view of the evolution of that most popular and beloved of Jewish classics, the Passover Haggadah, from the beginnings of Hebrew printing in the fifteenth century to the present day. The two hundred facsimile plates reproduce representative pages from rare printed Haggadahs in two of the world's outstanding Judaica collections: the libraries of Harvard University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. This visual history is complemented by Professor Yerushalmi's fascinating historical introduction and richly detailed plate descriptions. The result is a rare blend of scholarship and aesthetic appeal." "Haggadah and History, however, is much more than a history of the Passover Haggadah. It is also a mirror of the last five centuries in Jewish history - as reflected in the Haggadah itself. As Professor Yerushalmi so eloquently demonstrates, to follow the Haggadah through history is to follow the historical course of the Jewish people who are its custodians. Thus geographical shifts in places of printing provide a microcosm of the worldwide migrations of Jews."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)


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