Online Lecture: Jewish Treasures in Oxford, César Merchán-Hamann, 27 October 2020, 1-2pm

There are many rare, beautiful and scholarly valuable Hebrew and Jewish manuscripts in the Bodleian Library and the libraries of the colleges of the University of Oxford. What is less known is how these collections of manuscripts were originally assembled, who the collectors were and how their possessions ended up in the Bodleian and in Oxford. The stories behind the collectors and their collections are full of politics, religion, ambition and scholarly passions.

This is a chance to see how a library of libraries combined to form one of the world’s richest collections of Hebrew manuscripts as brought to light in the Bodleian’s recently published Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries.

César Merchán-Hamann, Director of the Leopold Muller Memorial Library

Please email to book your place. A link to access the online event will be sent during the week before the event to the email address associated with your booking.

Find out more here.

This talk is supported by the Friends of the Bodleian.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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