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MS. Heb. f. 18


Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew
1. Fol. 1
An Arabic treatise in defence of the Rabbanitic belief in an oral law, against the Karaites

beg. missing. After having spoken of Anan's controversy, the author proves from passages in the Bible that a tradition must have existed besides the written law. At the end there is a discussion as to the month Ve-Adar.

The colophon (fol. 33) says that the book was finished (נגמר הספר הזה, the composition or the copy?) on the 1st of Elul, 4872 A.M. = 1112 A.D., for (לכבוד) R. Joseph, son of Rebiʿah hak-Kohen.

2. Fol. 33b
On the number of letters in the Biblical books

with Talmudic sayings as to the authors of the books.

Mishnah to be recited on various occasions

At the end (fol. 50) כמל בעון אלרחמן ....


(fol. 37) פרק לילי שבת, beg. במה מדליקין;


(fol. 38) ליום, beg. אילו דברים שאין להם שיעור, followed by prayers;


(fol. 39) פרק לילי פסח, beg. ערב פסחים סמוך למנחה;


(fol. 40b) לילי ויושע, beg. ביצה שנולדה;


(fol. 42) לילי חג השבועות, beg. כיצד מפרישין את הביכורים;


(fol. 43b) ראש השנה, beg. ארבעה ראשי שנים;


(fol. 45) לילי כיפור, beg. יום הכיפורים אסור;


(fol. 46b) לילי סוכה, beg. סוכה שהיא גבוהה;


(fol. 48) לילי שמיני עצרת, beg. החליל ה̇.

Arabic treatises

(fol. 51) נסכה קלע אלאתאר, recipes for cleaning cloth;


(fol. 52) on the planets, beg. הדה אשכאל אלכואכב ומערפה עקאקיר אלמרמוז עליהא.

Blank leaves and some scribbling from ff. 53 to 58.

5. Fol. 58b
An index of verses for the Sidras

headed פהרסת פואסיק והלכות על פרשיות התורה, beg. בראשית. שמע אלי ... וכת̇ ברכי נפשי ... וכת̇ יי̇ בחכמה ... בדבר יי̇ ... תנן אין דורשין בעריות incomplete, ends with ראה.

Physical Description

Syr. Rabb. char.; 8vo, paper.
Ff. 67 (some blank).


Origin: 1112

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890 (from the Genizah).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. ii, by Adolf Neubauer and Arthur Ernest Cowley, Oxford 1906, No. 2791.


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