10 Things You Need to Know about the Sana’a Pentateuch

On August 4, 2017, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Sana’a Pentateuch

Yemen is a country that somehow feels further away than most. Located on the south-west part of the Arabian Peninsula, news about Yemen only seem to reach us when there is a tragedy.

But Yemen is so much more than the occasional news story from a far away land. Yemen is a country with an old civilization capable of wonderful art.

Book art.

One of the most famous books from Yemen is the so-called Sana’a Pentateuch.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

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Quirky History: Micrography, or Minuscule Medieval Images Drawn with Letters

On June 14, 2017, I published the following post on Quirk Books.

Quirky History: Micrography, or Minuscule Medieval Images Drawn with Letters

Whenever we here at Quirk Books think we have found everything there is to discover about the weird and wonderful world of medieval manuscripts, something new always pops up and takes us by surprise. This time, what came at us out of left field was the incredible art form of micrography.

Micrography is an art form unique to Judaism that developed during the Middle Ages. Here, reading, writing, and imagery come together in one.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Golden Haggadah

On April 6, 2017, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Golden Haggadah

The Golden Haggadah miniatures

Next week is Passover, one of the most important holidays in Judaism. Passover celebrates the Exodus, in other words when God liberated the Jews from slavery in Egypt.

On the first night of Passover, family and friends gather round for the Seder when everybody takes turns reading from a book called a haggadah. The haggadah contains the story of the Exodus, intermingled with prayers and songs. The Seder is then concluded with good food and wine.

Because the Torah contains only text, and depictions of God are forbidden, over time the haggadah became the book where Jews interpreted their religion through images. Throughout the centuries, the haggadah also became a way for Jewish families to display their prosperity and wealth.

No other haggadah is a better example of this than the Golden Haggadah.

Here are ten things you need to know about the Golden Haggadah.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Literature’s Most Underrated Monsters

On October 29, 2015, Quirk Books published the following post written by me.

Literature’s Most Underrated Monsters

leviathanWe can agree that not all monsters are created equal. However, what’s with certain types enjoying more popularity over others? If you ask us, vampires and werewolves have had more than their fair share of the limelight. Here’s a list of literary monsters we think should get more love from pop culture.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

9 Things You Should Know about the Oldest Bible in the World

On September 3, 2015, I published the following on Book Riot.

9 Things You Should Know about the Oldest Bible in the World

Codex Sinaiticus Photo: British Library

Codex Sinaiticus Photo: British Library

The upcoming exhibition Egypt after the Pharaohs at the British Museum in London, England, doesn’t open until October 29, but it has already been the cause of headlines.The exhibition chronicles the presence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Egypt over a period of 1,200 years. The headlines were caused by a rare book that the British Museum will have on loan from the British Library and which will be included in the exhibition. The book in question is Codex Sinaiticus, often referred to as the oldest Bible in the world.

Here are nine things you should know about Codex Sinaiticus.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.