Marc Michael Epstein

Marc Michael Epstein is professor of religion and visual culture and director of Jewish studies at Vassar College. He is the author of, among other books, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (2011) and Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (2015).

Making a Space for God

How the 14th-century creators of an illustrated Pentateuch managed to reflect both the Jewish and the Christian worlds they lived in.

June 4 2019 12:01AM

On View for the First Time in 100 Years: An Exquisite Medieval Haggadah

A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.

April 23 2019 12:01AM

What's a Virgin Mary-Like Scene Doing in a Famous Medieval Haggadah?

The mystery of Zipporah’s pout.

Aug. 9 2018 12:50AM

A Look at Some of the Most Striking Haggadahs Ever Produced

A sumptuous new book collects 100 examples of decorated and illuminated haggadahs from across Europe, Israel, America, and beyond.

April 19 2018 12:01AM