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Sed-Rajna, Gabrielle 1927-

SED-RAJNA, Gabrielle 1927-

PERSONAL: Born July 6, 1927, in Budapest, Hungary; children: Nicolas-Jean, Simone, Rene. Education: Attended École du Louvre; Sorbonne, University of Paris, Ph.D.

ADDRESSES: Home—1 rue d'Alencon, 75015 Paris, France.

CAREER: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France, head of Hebrew Department at Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, 1962-93. Also affiliated with École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, University of Paris.


Manuscrits Hebreux de Lisbonne, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris, France), 1970.

Azriel de Gerone: Commentaire sur le Liturgie Quotidienne, E. J. Brill (Leyden, Netherlands), 1974.

L'Art Juif, Orient et Occident, Flammarion (Paris, France), 1975, reprinted, Citadelles & Mazenod (Paris, France), 1995, translation published as Ancient Jewish Art: East and West, Chartwell (Secaucus, NJ), 1985, translation by Sara Friedman and Mira Reich published as Jewish Art, Abrams (New York, NY), 1997.

Iconographical Index of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris, France), Volume I: Paris-Jerusalem, 1976, Volume II: Paris-Munich, 1981, Volume III: Jerusalem, 1983, Volume IV (with B. Narkiss): Les Manuscrits Enlumines de la Collection Kaufmann de Budapest, 1988.

A Maimuni Kodex, Academie des Sciences de Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), 1980, translation published as Codex Maimuni: Moses Maimonides' Code of Law: The Illuminated Pages of the Kaufmann Mishneh Torah, Corvina (Budapest, Hungary), 1984.

Le Mahzor Enlumine: Les Voies de Formation d'un Programme Iconographique, E. J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), 1983.

La Bible Hebraïque, translation by Josephine Bacon published as The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1987.

(Author of introduction) The Lisbon Bible, 1482: British Library Or. 2626 Nahar-Miskal (Tel-Aviv, Israel), 1988.

The Kaufmann Haggadah, Academie des Sciences de Hongrie (Budapest, Hungary), 1990.

Rashi, 1040-1990: Hommage a Ephraim E. Urbach, [Paris, France], 1993.

Les Manuscrits Hebreux Enlumines des Bibliotheques de France, Peeters (Paris, France), 1994.

(Translator from the English) Louis Ginzburg, Les légendes des juifs, Éditions du Cerf (Paris, France), Volume 1, 1997, Volume 2, 1998, Volume 3, 2001.

La Bible, Citadelles & Mazenod (Paris, France), 1998.

L'ABCdaire du Judaïsme, Flammarion (Paris, France), 2000.

Ebraismo: Piccola enciclopedia, Rizzoli (Geneva, Switzerland), 2003.

Author's books have been translated into other languages, including German.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A French version of the index to The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzburg, for Éditions du Cerf (Paris, France).

SIDELIGHTS: Gabrielle Sed-Rajna told CA: "The study of manuscripts gives access to the most important—and often ignored—sources of our culture, ranging from theology, philosophy, and sciences (mathematics) to the arts, as well as literature."

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