In the days of the barley harvest: The iconography of Ruth

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Abstract

This paper discusses the iconography of Ruth as depicted in two manuscripts, the Tripartite Mahzor, a Jewish prayer book of around 1322 from the Lake Constance region and the Padua Bible, a Christian picture Bible of around 1400 from Italy. Both manuscripts were influenced by the general European iconography of Ruth, but also share some special iconographie similarities based on Jewish commentaries and midrashic texts. The Jewish connection of the Christian Padua Bible is testimony to the Christian interest in the literal sense of the Bible and its Jewish interpretations among some Christian exegetes from the twelfth century on. Alongside the Christian interest in Jewish commentaries it is possible to suggest an additional interest in Jewish or Jewish like pictorial traditions of the book of Ruth.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)37-57+251
JournalArtibus et Historiae
Volume51
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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