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Please note that this site was created for internal use and is open to the general public as a courtesy. The development and implementation of the feature-rich end-user site is currently underway and is expected to be completed by 2024.

“Maps of God” (MoG) is the flagship digital humanities initiative of the Ilanot Project, dedicated to the research of Jewish kabbalistic diagrams known as ilanot (“trees,” being intricately inscribed parchment scrolls dedicated to mapping the divine realm). The MoG platform presents scientific editions of the great ilanot using an innovative linked-data approach to enable scholars and laypeople to explore these fascinating artifacts for the first time.

The development of this “proof of concept” platform has been funded by the Volkswagen Foundation-funded Niedersächsisches Vorab: Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel scheme. Basic research on the materials edited on this site was funded by Israel Science Foundation Personal Grant 1568/18.

Below you will find manuscripts that are in various stages of preparation at this time.

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München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod.hebr. 119

This miniaturized ilan drafted in semicursive script by an Italian scribe ca. 1500 is in the back binding of a miscellany now in Munich: Munich, BSB, Cod.hebr. 119, fols. 24b–25a. The classical parchment behind it is ...

München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod.hebr. 448

Cod.hebr. 448 is a single parchment sheet classical ilan. According to Maximilian de Molière, it was likely copied by Francesco Parnas for Johann Albrecht Widmanstetter around 1537. During that period, Parnas was ...

Vatican City, BAV, MS Vat.ebr. Borg.ebr. 21 Ilan

This seventeenth-century Italian copy of a classical ilan that goes back to the fourteenth century demonstrates the ongoing relevance of such artifacts even in an era typically presumed to have been dominated by ...

היריעה המפוארת - כתב יד הספריה הבריטית 6465

London, BL, MS Or. 6465 Scroll © The British Library Board is a well-preserved witness of the family of large manuscript rotuli ("ilanot") to which we have given the name "The Magnificent Parchment." It was copied by the Polish kabbalist ...

היריעה המפוארת – סינסינטי, היברו יוניון קולג, ספריית קלאו, מגילות 65.1

Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, The Klau Library Scrolls 65.1 appears to be the earliest witness of a family of large manuscript rotuli ("ilanot") to which we have given the name "The Magnificent Parchment." Only one witness (London, BL, MS Or. 6465 Scroll © The British Library Board) carries a ...

היריעה המפוארת - כתב יד בית המדרש לרבנים באמריקה, ק-105

Jewish Theological Seminary Library MS K105 is a fragment of a very well-executed witness that belongs to a manuscript family of large rotuli ilanot to which we have given the name "The Magnificent Parchment." It was likely drafted in the sixteenth century by an Italian copyist, perhaps with some ...