THE BOOK OF PROPHETS, WITH RASHI'S COMMENTARY

France?, late 13th century, 16 3/4 x 14 1/8 in. (42.5 x 35.9 cm), MS. Opp. 2, fol. 207a

The French rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, known as Rashi (1040–1105), was a leading commentator on the Bible and Talmud. This copy of his exegesis of the Book of Prophets was made about two hundred years after his death. The biblical text is in large letters, with the commentary alongside it in a smaller hand. The arrangement of text in a decorative fashion is a distinctive feature of Hebrew manuscripts. The diagram illustrates Ezekiel's vision in chapter 45 of the division of the Promised Land. Rashi probably drew the original himself to clarify his written exposition.




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