Esther Scroll

Illuminated Esther Scroll from Italy, 18th century. Library of Congress, Washington.

Though we do not know the name of the scribe who wrote the text of this scroll or of the artist who created its charming vignettes, details such as 18th-century Italian dress and musical instruments allow us to date it to this place and moment. The scroll tells the story of Esther, the Jewish girl chosen to be queen of Persia. The narrative is brought dramatically to life by the costumes, customs, landscapes, and interiors that would have been recognizable to the intended readers, rendering the text’s main characters their contemporaries.

Illuminated Esther Scroll from Italy, 18th century. Library of Congress, Washington.

Holiness (source, not general concept. Leviticus 17-27, and scattered passages elsewhere in the Pentateuch (Torah), so called because of its author's call that all Israel be holy.

A written, spoken, or recorded story.

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