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Page from a Mahzor (reused in the binding of a printed edition of Four Books of Sentences by Peter Lombard)

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The opening text of the "Sabbath of Shekels" on this page from a festival prayer book playfully incorporates a brightly colored bird. For nearly a century, the Colmar Treasure was considered the sole legacy of the city’s lost community of medieval Jews. But hundreds of pages from Hebrew manuscripts passed into Christian hands and were reused in the bindings of printed books. (Christians repurposed pages from their own disused books in this way, too.) This example serves as an endpaper for a theological text that belonged to Saint Martin’s church in Colmar.

Page from a Mahzor (reused in the binding of a printed edition of Four Books of Sentences by Peter Lombard), Ink on parchment (Mahzor); woodcut (printed book)

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Opening to the prayer Shabbat Shekalim