The scrolls consist
of the five shortest books of the Hagiographa: Song of Songs,
Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther.
These books have been the inspiration for many artists and composers.
The library has many examples of illustrated and illuminated texts.
The HUC-JIR library system follows the Library of Congress practice
of assigning uniform titles to all Biblical texts. This means
that no matter what title appears on the book itself, all versions
of the same Biblical book will be called the same name and shelved
in the same place. This can make finding a text easier - you don’t
have to know if the book is called Shir ha-shirim or Song of Songs
or Song of Solomon, all the books will be assigned the name “Bible.
O.T. Song of Solomon” and shelved together.
Song of Solomon:
In coloured plates by Zeev Raban.
Bezalel, Jerusalem, 1930
BOOK OF RUTH
Ruth is read on Shavuot, in most rites, at the Shaharit
service prior to the reading of the Torah. In the Diaspora, it
is read on the second day of Shavuot. In the Sephardi and Italian
rituals, it is divided into two parts and recited on both mornings
(or afternoons).[Moshe Weinfeld]
Illustration from: The Book of Ruth / Woodcuts by Jacob
Steinhardt. Calligraphy by Franzisca Baruch.
Philladelphia, JPS, 1957
Illustration from: Book of Esther / Illustrated by Arthur
Tel Aviv : America-Israel Publishing Co, 1974
SCROLL OF ESTHER
The festal scroll of Purim, the only one of the Five Scrolls
to bear the title megillah as part of its traditional name, The
Scroll of Esther tells the story of the salvation of the Jews
of the Persian Empire.
SONG OF SONGS
The Bible, because of its primary concern with religious themes,
contains poetry which deals principally with sacred topics in
hymns, laments, songs of praise and thanksgiving, etc. There are
also a number of songs with a secular flavor and dealing with
the more mundane affairs of life scattered through its pages,
but the Song of Songs is unique in the Bible, for nowhere else
within it can be found such a sustained paean to the warmth of
love between man and woman.
Illustration from: The Song of songs : the honeybee in the
garden / Debra Band.
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2005.
on the shelf - all are in the "BS" section
Commentaries, Criticism, etc. (2001-
Special topics etc.
Song of Solomon
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