Judaism has one of the oldest written traditions in the world and medieval Hebrew manuscripts count among some of the most accomplished specimens of the great art of the Middle Ages, especially with respect to their masterful calligraphy. Unfortunately, a disproportionately small number of these works have survived into the present, but nonetheless, these works are invaluable to theologians, linguists, art historians, and cultural historians as well as those interested in the rich book culture of the Jewish people.
Most are religious texts like the Kennicot Bible, while others are more practical, like Hebrew translations of the Canon Medicinae, a popular medical handbook. Some of these manuscripts even contain evidence of the nascent secular Jewish literary tradition that would emerge in the Early Modern Period! Few manuscripts are as densely imbued with artistic and historic significance as these magnificent specimens of medieval Jewish culture.