New Feature: Manuscripts

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February 25th, 2021

We're excited to announce the first release of our Manuscripts feature, with images covering Tanakh, Mishnah, and Babylonian Talmud. This feature is currently available on the Sefaria website (stay tuned for the app version!).

Thanks to incredible metadata compiled by the National Library of Israel, each manuscript is aligned with the corresponding text on Sefaria. Learn how to find the manuscripts in Sefaria's resource panel in this tutorial.

The Manuscripts section includes both manuscripts proper as well as images of important early pressings. At this stage, you can see:

  • Tanakh: A beautiful hi-res color series of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete manuscript of the Tanakh.

  • Mishnah: Full-res color images of the Kaufmann manuscript.

  • Babylonian Talmud: The complete Munich manuscript, the Bomberg pressing, and the Romm-Vilna pressing.

Two more manuscripts — one for Tosefta and one for Yerushalmi — are in the works.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the National Library of Israel for doing the work of identifying what text is on each page of these manuscripts. With the help of their data, we're able to point users to the right page of each manuscript.


As you look at these evocative images, we hope they give you a richer sense of the origins and history of what you're learning. Happy learning!