Author: Eva-Maria Jansson

Cod. Heb. 5, fol. 308b

The Royal Library has rich collections of Judaica (materials on Jewish Studies in Western languages) and Hebraica (material written in Hebrew scripts). Already in the Renaissance, the Jewish roots of Christianity led to the acquisition of manuscripts, and later, printed works, for the royal collections. In the 17th century, and particularly in the 18th century, the collections were expanded by acquisitions in Denmark, but also abroad, as Danish explorers bought manuscripts and printed works. In the 19th century, the growing discipline of Jewish Studies and the emergence of Biblical criticism led to further expansion of the collections. A pivotal moment came in 1932, with the acquisition of professor, Rabbi David Simonsen's private library and archives.

Materials in Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino etc., are all included in the Judaica Collection, whereas materials in Western languages in general belong to other collections within the library. Regardless of language, all printed and digitized materials should be searched for (and - if applicable - ordered) in the online catalogue REX, for use in reading rooms or for lending. 

For questions regarding the collection, please send you query to kontaktbiblioteket@kb.dk