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Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker gathered a small library of ancient Jedi texts and placed them in an uneti tree on Ahch-To.

Ancient Jedi Texts

On October 8, 2018, Dr. Brandon Hawk and curator Dot Porter met to talk about these ancient books, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

We’re publishing our conversations as a series of video clips, which we’ll publish on the YouTube Channel of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. You can subscribe to the series here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snI2mkZ7hgw&list=PL8e3GREu0zuDCBZ1zju_uWTP5yiB5ZX75

We’ll release a new clip every couple of weeks until Star Wars Episode 9 is released on December 20th, 2019. We hope you’ll come along for our journey!

Six leaves as illustrated in the The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Folio 11v in University of Pennsylvania LJS 449

Screenshots from the film and images from The Art of Star Wars are used under the Fair Use doctrine described in Section 107 of the Copyright Act (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107)

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