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The Seal Of Solomon The Scribe The Illustrations Of The Albenc Pentateuch Of 1340

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This chapter offers a study of a most intriguing Hebrew illuminated manuscript, the Albenc manuscript dated 1340, from the south of France. The manuscript consists of the Pentateuch, five Megillot, and Haftarot. The biblical text in the centre of the page is flanked in outer margin by the Aramaic Targum and in the inner margin by a commentary by Rashi (R. Shlomo Ytzhaki), the eleventh-century Rabbi of Troyes. The date and origin of manuscript is stated in its colophon. Following the colophon is an added rhymed poem, which Shlomo copied, possibly from a model that he was using. This earlier poem stresses the need to study the Torah and mentions the unknown author?s daughters and son. Shlomo also marked his name with pen-drawn decorations in several places: one of the significant marks is a hand holding a medallion surrounding a six-pointed star and inscribed with ?the seal of King Solomon?.

Keywords: Albenc manuscript; Aramaic Targum; biblical text; colophon; Pentateuch; R. Shlomo Ytzhaki; seal of Solomon



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