Kalendarium Hebraicum [Hebrew Calendar]

Detail image of page from book. Page is torn and damaged along the top. Features black ink on yellowed paper. The image has calendrical and astronomical text around a circle featuring figures rowing a boat in the ocean. The sun and moon are visible in the sky above.

Sebastian M√ľnster (German, c. 1488-1552). Kalendarium Hebraicum [Hebrew Calendar]. 1527. Johan Froben, Basel. CE35 .M7 1527.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

In the 16th century, Christian scholars became increasingly interested in studying Hebrew grammar and Jewish interpretation in order to clarify biblical texts in their original language. This Kalendrium is a product of that interest. An exposition of Jewish calendrical computations in Latin and Hebrew, it includes astronomical woodcuts and initials of various sizes, probably by Hans Holbein the Younger.