The Red Sea


The Red Sea, The Rylands Haggadah, 14th century. Manuscript illumination, John Rylands Library, Manchester.

The Rylands Haggadah—an illuminated manuscript created in mid- fourteenth century Spain—is a masterpiece of medieval art. Haggadah means “telling,” and a Jewish Haggadah, used at a Passover seder, tells the story of the flight of the Jews from Egypt as recounted in the book of Exodus. This full page illumination shows Moses, Aaron and the Israelites walking on dry land while Pharaoh and the Egyptians drown.