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Boston museums teaming up to display rare medieval manuscripts

“Art historian Jeffrey Hamburger slowly turns the animal-skin pages of a fragile religious book, his eyes riveted to bold script that chronicles the lives of the early saints. The craftsmanship is spectacular, the presentation vivid and compelling — even though the work is more than 1,000 years old. The Harvard professor handles the book with awed reverence: It is a priceless illuminated manuscript written by a superbly skilled scribe, probably at a Benedictine abbey in central France no later than the year 935. Today, it resides in the well-protected recesses of the Boston Public Library.” (via The Boston Globe)

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U.S. Judge Sanctions Russia Over Jewish Manuscript Dispute

“Over the objections of the Obama administration, a federal judge in Washington is trying to put more pressure on Russia to return a disputed collection of sacred Jewish books and manuscripts. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth has entered a judgment of $43.7 million against the Russia Federation for the country’s refusal to comply with his earlier order requiring the country to transfer thousands of Jewish books and manuscripts to an Hasidic sect based in New York.” (via WSJ)

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ISRAEL TO POST RARE HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS ONLINE

“Israel’s National Library says it has signed an agreement with a leading Italian collection to display online some of the world’s most important Hebrew manuscripts, making them accessible to the public for the first time. National Library Judaica curator Aviad Stollman says it will be digitizing the Palatina Library’s collection of about 1,600 documents dating to the Middle Ages. He says the collection includes rare illuminated manuscripts and one of the oldest existing copies of the Mishna, a central Jewish text.” (via The Associated Press)

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