The nineteen essays assembled in this Festschrift represent the multiplicity of interests evident in Elisabeth (Elisheva) Revel-Neher’s work. They cover a variety of subjects dealing with pictorial messages encrypted in various artistic media, and address a broad array of topics: Jewish identity in the late antique period; patronage in late antique Jewish and Christian religious architecture; Jewish-Christian polemics and the representation of the “Other”; the question of Jewish or Christian illuminators of Hebrew books; the cultural background of illustrations in Hebrew manuscripts; Christian cosmology and dogma; the imagery of the Temple; and Jewish and Christian perceptions of women.
Contributors are Rivka Ben-Sasson, Walter Cahn, Evelyn Cohen, Andreina Contessa, Eva Frojmovic, Lihi Habas, Dalia-Ruth Halperin, Colum Hourihane, Emma Maayan-Fanar, Herbert L. Kessler, Katrin Kogman-Appel, Shulamit Laderman, Mati Meyer, Bezalel Narkiss, Kurt Schubert, Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Margo Stroumsa-Uzan, Rina Talgam.
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Ph.D. (1994, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) teaches at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva and is the author of Jewish Book Art Between Christianity and Islam (Brill, 2004) and Illuminated Haggadot from Spain (Penn State 2006).
Mati Meyer, Ph.D. (2002, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is a lecturer at the Open University of Israel and published extensively on gender aspects in Byzantine art, including An Obscure Portrait: Imaging the Everyday Life of Byzantine Women (in press).
Preface, Katrin Kogman-Appel and Mati Meyer Elisheva Revel-Neher, Ziva Amishai-Maisels
Part One: Late Antique Jewish Art
The Mosaics of the Nile Festival Building at Sepphoris and the Legacy of the Antiochene Tradition, Zeev Weiss Fish-Ta(i)les: Jewish Gold Glasses Revisited, Rivka Ben-Sasson Jewish Art in Late Antiquity: An Example of Jewish Identity, Kurt Schubert (d. Feb. 4, 2007)
Part Two: Early Christian Art
Jonas of Aquileia: A Gesture to Constantine the Great, Margo Stroumsa Uzan Donations and Donors as Reflected in the Mosaic Pavements of Transjordan’s Churches in the Byzantine and Umayyad Periods, Lihi Habas Johannes of Gaza’s Tabula Mundi Revisited, Rina Talgam
Part Three: Cultural Exchange Between Jews and Christians
Cosmology, Art and Liturgy, Shulamit Laderman The Codex Scaligeri, Christian Topography, and the Question of Jewish Sources of Early Christian Art, Herbert L. Kessler Notes on the Illustrations of Ezekiel’s Temple Vision in the ‘Postilla litteralis’ of Nicholas of LyraWalter Cahn Noah’s Ark and the Ark of Covenant in Spanish and Sephardic Medieval Manuscripts, Andreina Contessa Purity and Impurity: The Naked Woman Bathing in Jewish and Christian Art, Sarit Shalev Eyni She Who is Not Named: Pilates’s Wife in Medieval Art, Colum Hourihane
Part Four: Byzantine Art
Eve’s Nudity: A Sign of Shame or Precursor of Christological Economy, Mati Meyer Silenus Among the Jews? Anti-Jewish Polemics in Ninth-Century Byzantine Marginal Psalters, Emma Fanar
Part Five: Hebrew Illuminated Manuscrips
Jewish Scribes and Christian Illuminators: Interstitial Encounters and Cultural Negotiation, Eva Frojmovic The Scales in the Leipzig Mahzor: Penance and Eschatology in Early Fourteenth-Century Germany, Katrin Kogman-Appel The Seal of Solomon the Scribe: The Illustrations of the Albenc Pentateuch of 1340, Bezalel Narkiss The Hidden Couple: An Unexecuted Under-Drawing in the Catalan Micrography Mahzor, Dalia-Ruth Halperin A Woman’s Hebrew Prayer Book and the Art of Mariano del Buono, Evelyn M. Cohen
List of Contributors
Scholars and students of late antique and medieval art, Jewish studies, Byzantine studies, the cultural exchange between Judaism and Christianity and manuscript studies.