Friday, January 23, 2009

Vatican Catalogues Its Hebrew MSS (via PaleoJudaica)

Jim Davila, over at PaleoJudaica notes that a new catalogue of the 800 Hebrew MSS in the Vatican has been published.

JTA (The Global News of the Jewish People) reports (Jan 21):

"ROME (JTA) -- With the help of Israeli scholars, the Vatican has published a catalog[ue] of the Hebrew manuscripts kept in its library.

Publication of the work, a Vatican communique said, 'represents a significant example of co-operation between the cultural institutions of the Holy See and of Israel.'

The book, edited by the technical staff of the National Library of Israel, will be formally presented at an event Jan. 30 that will feature the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See as well as the Vatican librarian and former director of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts of the Jewish National and University Library.

The book includes all Vatican manuscripts in Hebrew script -- a total of approximately 800 items distributed over 11 collections."

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