Germany, early 14th century, 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm), MS. Mich. 619, one of three volumes, fol. 5b, Photography by Ardon Bar Hama,

In 1848 the Bodleian purchased the library of the Hamburg Jewish bibliophile Heimann Joseph Michael (1792–1846). Among its 862 Hebrew manuscripts was this superb volume from a three-part "mahzor," or festival prayer book, containing prayers for the High Holidays. It is open to “King girded with might,” a hymn for the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The word panel features a ram caught in a thicket, alluding to the Sacrifice of Isaac, commemorated in the Jewish New Year and evoked in the sounding of the shofar, a ritual trumpet made from a ram’s horn.

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