Happy New Year!
We are beginning the year with some exciting news about Rylands Hebrew MS 6.
The Rylands Haggadah has now been digitised in full following painstaking conservation work carried out by Steve Mooney. This manuscript, a Passover Haggadah (service book) is one of the Rylands’ most famous items, it has been described as ‘one of the finest of its kind’.
Modern illustrated editions of the Passover Haggadah are still common today, however this manuscript was produced in fourteenth-century Spain, around the time that it became the popular practice to illuminate the Passover Haggadah. The Sephardi Hebrew text is prefaced by a series of full-page colour illustrations of the story of Exodus.
Here is a sneak preview of some of the illustrations of the story of Exodus, and watch this space for more news on how to view this extraordinary book online.