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The Medieval Haggadah Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination

The Medieval Haggadah Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:00 pm


Dr. Marc Michael Epstein
shared images from beautiful medieval haggadot (texts that tell of the Exodus from Egypt and outline the practices of the seder). Though the importance of these manuscripts is universally acknowledged, they contain a number of fascinating elements that have seldom been explored. Dr. Epstein examined them with fresh eyes and proposed new answers to long-unresolved questions concerning the meaning of the art within them, and what this art says about broader issues in the Jewish experience.

Dr. Marc Michael Epstein is Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Vassar and an adjunct member of the Spertus faculty. He received his PhD from Yale University and served as Director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby’s Judaica department.

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