Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Ars Judaica, Volume 2

The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art
The Michael J. Floersheim Memorial for Jewish Art

Edited by Bracha Yaniv

About the editor

Bracha Yaniv is Head of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University. Her research topics are Jewish ceremonial objects and synagogue art. She is the author of The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Poland and Ceremonial Synagogue Textiles from Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Italian Communities, both of which will be published in English by the Littman Library.

Contributor information

Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Professor, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Matthew Baigel, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, Rutgers University
Sarah Harel Hoshen, Beth Hatefutsoth, The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel Aviv
Mati Meyer, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Katrin Kessler, Bet Tfila - Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe, Institute for Architectural History, Technical University of Braunschweig
Rudolf Klein, Professor, David Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University, and St Stephen University's Ybl College, Budapest
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Professor, Department of the Arts, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Shulamit Laderman, Department of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University
Irit Miller, Museology Studies, Haifa University
Susan Nashman-Fraiman, Emunah College of Art and Technology, Jerusalem
Elisheva Revel-Neher, Professor Emerita, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ilia Rodov, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University
Moshe Rosman, Professor, Department of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University
Daniel Sperber, Professor, Department of Talmud and Oral Law, Bar-Ilan University
Stephen J. Whitfield, Professor, American Studies, Brandeis University
Bracha Yaniv, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University

 

Contents

Editor's Note
BRACHA YANIV
Seeing the Voice: Configuring the Non-Figurable in Early Medieval Jewish Art
ELISHEVA REVEL-NEHER
Harlot or Penitent: The Figure of Rahab in Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts
MATI MEYER
Picture Bibles and the Re-Written Bible: The Place of Moses dal Castellazzo in Early Modern Book History
KATRIN KOGMANN-APPEL
Moses' Shoes at the Burning Bush
DANIEL SPERBER
Menasseh Ben Israel and the 'Wandering Jew'
ZIVA AMISHAI-MAISELS
Praising the Lord: Discovering a Song of Ascents on Carved Torah Arks in Eastern Europe
BRACHA YANIV
Hebraism and Hellenism in An Allegory: A Painting by Solomon Joseph Solomon
IRIT MILLER
Oriental-Style Synagogues in Austria-Hungary: Philosophy and Historical Significance
RUDOLF KLEIN
Spiritualism and Mysticism in Recent Jewish American Art
MATTHEW BAIGELL
Special Item
'Joy and Gladness, Happy Festivals for the House of Judah': A Unique Parokhet from Alessandria della Paglia
SUSAN NASHMAN-FRAIMAN

Book Reviews
Pro arte judaicae
Kalman P. Bland, The Artless Jew: Medieval and Modern Affirmations and Denials of the Visual
ILIA RODOV
Resplendent Book
Thomas C. Hubka, Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community
MOSHE ROSMAN
Angeli Sachs & Edward van Voolen (eds), Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture
KATRIN KESSLER
Samantha Baskind, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art
STEPHEN J. WHITFIELD
Books and Catalogues Received
MIRJAM RAJNER, SHULAMITH LADERMAN
In Memoriam
Naphtali G. Deutsch (1931–2005) by Elisheva Revel-Neher
Zussia Efron (1911–2002) by Sarah Harel Hoshen
Contributors
Abbreviations
Note for Contributors

 

Ars Judaica is an annual publication of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University. It showcases the Jewish contribution to the visual arts and architecture from antiquity to the present from a variety of perspectives, including history, iconography, semiotics, psychology, sociology, and folklore. As such it is a valuable resource for art historians, collectors, curators, and all those interested in the visual arts.

Volumes of Ars Judaica are distributed by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization throughout the world, except Israel. Orders and enquiries from Israeli customers should be directed to:

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