Image of Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), 1502-1603, Italy. CBL Heb 772


Judaism is the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. The Torah (Five Books of Moses or Pentateuch) is the central book of Judaism. It has inspired a range of other writings on law and philosophy among other subjects. Chester Beatty acquired a small collection of Hebrew texts in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly 18th and 19th century Esther and Torah scrolls, as well as a number of medieval illuminated manuscripts.

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)
CBL Heb 772


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  • Image of Sefer Torah, CBL Heb 777

    Sefer Torah
    CBL Heb 777

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  • Image of Mezuzah 18th or 19th century CBL Heb 771.2

    18th or 19th century
    CBL Heb 771.2

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  • Image of Festival prayer book (Mahzor), 15th or 16th century, Italy. CBL Heb 764.

    Festival prayer book (Mahzor)
    15th or 16th century
    CBL Heb 764

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  • Image of Josephus’ Judean Antiquities (Antiquitates Iudaicae), 12th century, Germany. CBL W 167.

    Josephus’ Judean Antiquities (Antiquitates Iudaicae)
    12th century
    CBL W 167

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