Introduction

The "Second Nuremberg Haggada" is an illuminated manuscript haggada, apparently from the mid-15th century. It's name derives from its being held by the Stadtbibliothek Of Nuremberg from the mid-19th century until 1957. Its previous provenance is not known. In 1957 the Haggada was acquired by the Schocken Collection  in Jerusalem and in 2004 was purchased by Mr. David Sofer of London.
 
It is known as the "Second Nuremberg Haggada" to distinguish it from another illuminated haggada "the "First  Nuremberg Haggada" currently found at the Israel Museum.
 
The Haggada contains beautiful illustrations on Passover motifs as well as three cycles of Biblical illustrations related to the story of the Exodus, the lives of the patriarchs, and various later Biblical figures. Many of these illustrations are based on Midrashic stories.
 
The illustrator of this haggada is not known but researchers identify him as identical with the illustrator of another anonymous haggada known as the "Yahuda Haggada" which is found today in the Israel Museum.