Hebraica Veritas. Christopher Plantin and the Christian Hebraists

in Catalog of Catalogs Online

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Author & Curator

Albert van der Heide.


Antwerp, Belgium, 2008. 228 pp., illustrations: 126 col., 6 b&w, 27 × 18.5 cm. English.


Museum Plantin-Moretus (16 May–17 August 2008)


The tremendous interest in the Hebrew language that blossomed amongst 16th–17th-century Christian theologians. Individual chapters focus on the Hebrew language and its principal literature (Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, etc.), Christian Hebraists and their activities, and the printing of Hebrew books (old and new), especially in Venice, Antwerp and Leiden. Considerable attention paid to the activities of businessman Christopher Plantin, who capitalized on this new interest by acquiring Hebrew type, and producing, among other works, the crowning glory of the period: the Polyglot Bible. Several appendices and excurses on various related topics. Detailed descriptive entries. 45 items.


The catalog was published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition “Hebraica Veritas. Did God speak Hebrew?”.

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BelgiumBiblesHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Spain, 12th–14th CHebrew printing, AntwerpHebrew printing, LeidenHebrew printing, VeniceItalyMaimonidesNetherlandsHebrew printing, typefaces

Related ephemera

Exhibition leaflet, 8 pp., 7 col. illus., 21 × 15 cm. Dutch, French, English and Hebrew.

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