The Rylands iHaggadah

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A famed 14th-century Haggadah, so called The Rylands Haggadah launches on iBookstore.  The Rylands Haggadah is a masterpiece of medieval art, and it is the most important Hebrew manuscript in the John Rylands Library. Originally created in Spain, “Rylands Haggadah” was restored by experts at the University of Manchester’s 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 iBook Treasures edition which includes audio recitation of the entire book. “It’s a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish culture,” explained Dr Yaakov Wise, from the University of  Manchester’s  Centre for  Jewish Studies.

The Haggadah is currently on display at the “Medieval Jewish Art in Context” exhibition (March 27–September 30, 2012) in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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iBook: The Rylands Haggadah by Unknown

Compatible:  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: History
Published: 01 April 2012
Publisher: John Rylands Library
Seller: Armadillo New Media Communications Ltd
Price: $7.99 (buy iBook)

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