JACOB BEN ASHER, EVEN HA-EZER

Scribe: Moses Beth-El of Provence, Italy, 1438, 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (31.8 x 24.8cm), MS. Canon. Or. 79, fol. 8b

"Even ha-Ezer" (The Stone of Help) is part of the law book "Arba’ah Turim" by the rabbinic scholar Jacob ben Asher (1270?–1340). It deals with laws affecting women: in the vignette at top, Eve is created as a help for Adam. The scene takes place in Paradise, whose four rivers emanate from the fountain of life, and is set against the Tuscan hills. Rare in a Hebrew manuscript, God is rendered in human form, no doubt the work of a Christian artist. Adam and Eve are seen a second time, flanking the Tree of Knowledge at right.



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