Dr Rahel Fronda

Hebrew Antiquarian Cataloguer

I catalogue and research the provenance of early printed Hebraica and Judaica, with special interest in 16th to 18th century English Christian Hebraist collections. I am preparing an exhibition with the title Jewish Books and their Christian Readers: Christ Church Connections. Together with Professor Joanna Weinberg I am organising an EAJS conference Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia.


Academic Background
I read Theology for my first degree, specialising on the Hebrew Bible but my other strengths include Ancient Greek and Latin patristic literature. In 2002-2003 I spent a year at Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden as a Martin Buber Fellow. In London I obtained a professional qualification in library studies (MA, Information Services Management). I hold a doctorate in Jewish Studies (UCL), specialising in medieval Ashkenazi Bibles.

Research Interests
My academic interests include Hebrew micrography and illuminated medieval Hebrew manuscripts, medieval Jewish history; codicology and palaeography and early printed Hebrew books. I have published in these areas, as well as translated fictional works from Hebrew.
For more details, visit my personal site http://rahelfronda.hebrewmicrography.com