One of the large Erfurt Bibles, “Erfurt 2”, Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz Or. fol. 1212, produced in the late thirteenth century is extensively decorated with micrographic masoretic notes. Annette Weber discusses the meaning of the early word micrography decorations in Ashkenazi Bibles, mostly in the Erfurt Bible 1 and Erfurt Bible 2, in relation to concepts found in the writings of Rabbi Judah the Pious and Rabbi Eleazar of Worms. However, I suggest that beyond the important insights brought by Weber, there is also a connection to the esoteric ideas of Rabbi Neḥemiah ben Shlomo Troestlin, the Prophet from Erfurt, active in the first third of the thirteenth century. In this article, I focus on two scenes, the first from the opening of the Book of Ezekiel and the second from the Book of Proverbs, and relate them to the writings of Ḥasidei Ashkenaz and Rabbi Neḥemiah.
|Translated title of the contribution||ʻFor Your Eyes Only’ – On the Merkavah and Military Secrets: Text and Image in a Manuscript from Erfurt|
|Number of pages||25|
|State||Published - 2020|