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The Rylands Haggadah

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The Rylands Haggadah is a masterpiece of medieval art, and it is the most important Hebrew manuscript in the John Rylands Library. It is over 650 year old, dating from the mid-fourteenth century, and was made in Spain (possibly Catalonia). Haggadot (the word means 'telling') tell the story of Exodus, the flight of the Jews from Egypt. The text is recited during the annual feast of Passover. The Rylands Haggadah is illustrated with a series of wonderfully vivid miniatures. These show the plagues visited upon the Pharaoh and his people, and the parting of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape. 

This is an eBookTreasures edition which includes audio recitation of the entire book.


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Customer Reviews

Good - But Could Do Better

I have several of these facsimile editions, including 'A Christmas Carol', 'The Kelmscott Chaucer' and 'The Bedford Hours'; some of which have audio and explanations of what you are reading or looking at which can be very helpful if you don't understand a given language. Only this document is slightly different and somewhat poorly implemented. You can listen to a Rabbi reciting the prayers but ONLY if you stay on the first page (in fact the last page as Hebrew is read right to left) but if you turn to the actual text the audio stops and for me what is unforgivable is that their is NO translation of any of the page text. Most of the British Library books in this series have this, but not the John Rylands versions such as this.

This is very poor and has little educational merit, whereas if it had the translation you would not only understand what a given page is about, but also allow you to understand the beautiful illustrations.

The Rylands Haggadah
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: 01 April 2012
  • Publisher: John Rylands Library
  • Print Length: 130 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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