Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

The Abrabanel family & the Biblical manuscripts at the Bodleian Library

Bodleain.jpgOxford has one of the most important collections of Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books in the world ranging from the Bible to rabbinic literature, as well as grammar, poetry, liturgy, Yiddish, philosophy and other areas of Jewish scholarship. A collection that contributes very significantly to this wealth of scholarship held at the Bodleian library is that of Rabbi David Oppenheimer (1664-1736), whose collection was purchased by the Bodleian library in 1829. 


The Oppenheimer collection consists of approximately 7,000 works, including nearly 1,000 manuscripts. It was painstakingly collected by Rabbi Oppenheimer while holding the esteemed position of Chief Rabbi, first in Nikolsberg and then in … Read More »

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