Welcome to the “Proof of Concept” Preview of “Maps of God” - The Ilanot Portal

On this site, we welcome you to explore the “Maps of God” Ilanot Portal in its dynamic development. This site is updated nightly to reflect any new content and features that have been implemented by our collaborating teams at the University of Haifa and the University of Göttingen.

“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.

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

Here is provided a how-to guide for the search functions available on the portal.

היריעה המפוארת - כתב יד אוקסופרד 1949

Oxford, BL, MS Hunt. Add. D. is a particularly fine, early, and well-preserved 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. ...

היריעה המפוארת, אוסף פרטי

This witness of the Magnificent Parchment, found today in an anonymous private collection, is a fine, early, and well-preserved paper copy of a family of large manuscript rotuli ("ilanot") to which we have given the name "The Magnificent ...

היריעה הוונציאנית הגדולה

The Grand Venetian Parchment of R. Elijah Menaḥem Ḥalfan and R. Abraham Ṣarfati was crafted as a collaborative project of these two kabbalists in 1533.

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

Leeds University Library, MS Roth 418 preserves a fragment of a family of large manuscript rotuli ("ilanot") to which we have given the name "The Magnificent Parchment." The fascinating fragment shows a work in ...

Brescia - Biblioteca Queriniana - MS L FI 11

The Brescia parchment was likely written by a Spanish scribe around the late fourteenth century. The text has been attributed to Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla (1248–ca. 1305). It deploys a distinctive rota-augmented ...

Vatican City, BAV, MS Vat.ebr. 530 III

The striking ilan preserved in the Vatican library exhibits a top edge cut in a manner that retains the natural contours of the animal skin while suggesting something like a peaked roof. According to the colophon on ...

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 ...

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 ...