Sunday, May 21, 2023

The not-so-secret Jewish treasures in the Vatican Library

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN: WHAT’S REALLY IN THE VATICAN LIBRARY? Disspelling some misconconceptions about the Vatican’s collections of Jewish manuscripts.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked whether the Vatican has the menorah from the Beis Hamikdash [the Temple]. (The answer is no.) But I am never asked about the more then 600 Hebrew manuscripts they do have, which have been available to the scholarly community for years.
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