Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Xerxes on an old scroll from Italy

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Fortunately there is a name with a Jewish connection for today's ABC Wednesday X-day.

Xerxes, King of Persia, is Achashverosh in Hebrew and became Ahasuerus in English Bibles.
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Enlarge the photo and see if you think that is Xerxes on the throne on the top of this beautiful old Scroll of Esther.
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The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther.
Esther is a Jewish girl who becomes Queen to King Xerxes and through her bravery is able to thwart an attempt to slaughter all the Jews living in Persia at that time, about 2,500 years ago.

This parchment scroll was made in 1616 in Ferrara, Italy.
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"The Bible in Manuscripts and Printed Books" is a wonderful permanent exhibit that I found at Israel's National Library while I was there, at the Hebrew University, for the big book giveaway.
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19 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Esther is one of my favourite bible stories! We had a musical called "Esther"last year. Many members of our church took part in the play and even the children were taking part in it. The whole crew were amateurs and it was fascinating to see how respectable family men and churchgoers changed into drinkers and dancers who were singing in high spirits at the party of King Ahasuerus who was a bit tipsy himself! Well not really but he played his part well!

Roger Owen Green said...

A LEGIT X! Congrats. Most people (like me) cheated.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

Very nicely done, Dina.

richies said...

Great X post. Now if
I just knew how to pronounce Xerxes.

An Arkies Musings

Rob and Mandy said...

How funny! Had a girlfriend in Ferrara in the early 80es. Nice town.

Spiderdama said...

Great post and word for X
I like reading about Esther in bible.

Francisca said...

I enlarged the photo and admired the scroll... but of course have no clue whether that is Xerxes on the throne. Well done, Dina. Like others, I cheated with X, but one that is widely used. :-D

Kris said...

It's done very well to last that long!

Leif Hagen said...

Xerxes is the name of a big street over in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis! Interesting....

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Have just spent the last fifteen minutes catching up on your last posts Dina, what a fantastically interesting and ancient part of the world you live in, so much history. Believe me I do love living in Perth, but it's just so 'young', well I guess that's why trips to Europe and Asia are something to be anticipated!

crystal said...

Besutiful scroll.

The only Xerxes I know of was King of Persian during the was with the Greek city states, in which took place the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae. I guess not the same Xerxes?

I like names that begin with X ;)

Kay said...

I think I saw a movie about Esther a good while ago. You're giving us such interesting history, Dina.

VP said...

A four-hundred-year megillah from Ferrara and in very good conditions.
I remember that Esther was one of the two cases were images were allowed, but I can't remember the other... Please help me, Dina!

Dina said...

VP, you mean when is it allowed to photograph in a synagogue service?
That's a good question. I'm not exactly an expert on these matters, sorry. I'll try to find out.

Kay, Esther made it into the movies too??

Crystal, yes, there is some confusion in the sources and disagreement among scholars. Artaxerxes was the son of Xerxes, maybe it was him?

Shooting Parrots said...

When I see the name Xerxes, I can't help but think of Thermopylae and Leonidas.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Studying the marvelous details when I enlarged the photo was a pleasure...I especially love the flowers in between the sections of text...they are so gracefully designed! Xerxes...perfect for "X" indeed.

chubskulit said...

eXcellent choice!

Please come and find out what the Letter X is at my page. Have a lovely day.

Arija said...

What a great post Dina.I love illuminated manuscripts a and scrolls. Great to see at least a little of this one.

Thank you for your visit, three years have flown by and blogging has lightened the load of living with the Prof and Mr. Alzheimer who is not always a pleasant companion.

Pietro said...

Great post, Dina. Your subjects are always so interesting.