Second Nuremberg Haggada

From the collection of David Sofer, London


An illuminated 15th century manuscript haggada


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.


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About the Ms


K. Kogman-Appel. "The Iconography of the Biblical Cycle of the Second Nuremberg and the Yahuda Haggadot: Tradition and Innovation", in The Old Testament as Inspiration in Culture: International Academic Symposium – Prague, September 1995, edited by Jan Heller, Shemaryahu Talmon, Hana Hlaváčková and Martin Prudký, Prague, 2001

K. Kogman-Appel. "The Second Nuremberg Haggadah and the Yahuda Haggadah: Were they Made by the Same Artist?", in: Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem 1993, Division D, vol. II, Jerusalem 1994, 25-32.