Courtesy Nahar-Miskal Publishers

ON THE COVER: Sumptuous borders—floral motifs, filigree penwork and burnished gold ornamental script—frame a leaf of the Lisbon Bible, an illuminated manuscript dating to 1482. The double-column text at center is part of a section, preceding the actual biblical text, that contains the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, derived from the Five Books of Moses. Following each mitzvah is a brief quotation from the biblical verse that is the commandment’s source. The facsimile edition of the Lisbon Bible is one of 11 books reviewed in an expanded Bible Books section.