A catalogue of Cairo Genizah fragments at the Bodleian Libraries

MS. Heb. c. 50

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Ff. 26.

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Bought in 1906 through J. Offord.

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Manuscript description based on typewritten catalogue in the Bodleian Library, fols. 4-6.

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Fol. 1
Hymn beg. (illegible) יגדל יקר.., which is the refrain.

There are 9 verses of 4 hemistichs each.

End נתן אלהים שכרִי. אמרה שׂפַת בֶן בכורי. זָרַח ופָרַח יְקָרי. ראה יָוי בְעֵינִי. יֿגֿדֿלֿ.

Probably not the same as Zunz p. 719, no. 111. Mostly pointed. At the end ושלום.

Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

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Fol. 2
Liturgical, for י̇הכ̇

biblical quotations ending with לך ייי הצדקה ולנו בשת הפנים followed by באֿות נפשנו. בבֿיטוי שפתינו (א̇ב̇ incomplete).

Verso, scribbling in Arabic.

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

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Span. squ. char.; paper, 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., both ends torn.

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Fol. 3
Seliḥoth
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

beg. illegible, end כי על רחמיך הרבים אמרות טהרות;

b.

head חורן beg. אשיחה עם לבבי, Zunz, p. 232, no. 100.

Verso, continuation (?) with refrain ואין מלבדך עד לא מכון.

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Fol. 4
Seliḥa
Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic
a.

beg. missing, end כשם שידענו יי אלהינו את אשר תחון יחון ואת אשר תרחם ירוחם ככ̇ וכו';

b.

headed נטילת רשות beg. אעטיף תפלה כעני על דלת, (א̇ב̇).

Verso, a few words in Arabic character, ? part of a letter.

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Fols. 5-6
Short piyyutim, divided by lines
Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic
a.

beg. יעירוני רעיוני וסוד לבי, acr. יהודה;

b.

יום ולילה אפיל את תחנוני;

c.

יגורתי (?) מפני שמים, acr. יצחק;

d.

לקראת מקור חיי שמתי.

Fol. 5 verso
e.

יום עמדתי להודות;

f.

משאת שיר וזמירות, acr. משה;

g.

יונה זמיריך הרבי (?) acr. משה;

h.

חנון המציא מנוח;

i.

יה צורי ממלכתו חן;

k.

(continuation?) לעמו ישראל יצו שדי, acr. יצחק;

l.

יום שבתון אין לשכוח, acr. יהודה, Zunz, p. 565.

Fol. 6
m.

יונות הושת וישכם בארץ, acr. יהודה;

n.

אנה יי לצעקי תקשיב (by Ḥabib b. Isaac?), Zunz, p. 546;

o.

ירצה אביון לך, acr. יצחק.

Fol. 6, verso
p.

headed אבתדא, beg. בכל לבי לבי, followed by the first lines of other pieces;

q.

אני קראתיך כי תעניני by Simon b. Isaac, Zunz, p. 237, no. 17;

r.

אסיר תקותך אני, acr. אהרן;

s.

יי שמעתי שמעך ויראתי.

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Fol. 7
The complimentary conclusion, in rhyme, of a petition addressed to a Gaon unnamed

Fol. 7r ends: [ו]אדוננו הגאון יעשה כחכמתו וכאשר יישר לפני הדרתו. והמקום יהיה בעזרתו..

Verso, half blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

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Fols. 8-9
Fragment of a dictionary arranged under roots (בוץ to בטן and גמל to גר)

The Arabic meanings are given, instances quoted, and their source named. The first completely legible section is:

      בזה

סבי     ובבזה לא שלחו את     אסתר

וכן בזאו נהרים     ישעיה

אזדרא     פן נהיה לבוז     וישב

וכן נמבזה ונמס     שמואל

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 10
Grammatical (?) fragment in Arabic

illegible.

Language(s): Hebrew

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Fol. 11
Genealogy

as follows:

אלעזר הכהן השר הנכבוד (so) החכם והנבון ביר̇ שלמה הכהן סגן הכהנים הראש המעולה בישיבה בן יהוסף הכהן הצדיק נשיא הנתיבה ראש הישיבה בן שלמה הכהן ראש הישיבה נין יהוסף הכהן בית דין כהן צדק בן מרדכי כהנא רבה בן מנחם הכהן ראש ישיבה שלגולה בן אליהו הכהן ראש הישיבה שלגולה נכד אהרן הכהן רוח יי תנ̇ וג'

Cf. Poznanski in REJ 51, p. 53 (where read ומרדכי for ומר רבי).

On the verso the beginning of another genealogy thus: בש̇ רח̇ ד̇ ט̇ אליהו הכהן ראש הישיבה שלגולה. The rest is blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

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Fol. 12
Part of a שטר חוב in Arabic and Hebrew

drawn up before מר̇ור̇ אה[רן...]. Signed by שלמה בר יפת נ̇ע̇.

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 13
Part of a contract

in Arabic, between אבו אסחק ... בר ... ישועה and [?אבו עלי] יפת בר ... משה.

Verso, scribbling (accounts?).

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 14
Accounts

beg. אלמצ[רף פי] דאר בן פינחס בתאריח יום אלה' אלסאדס מן מרחשון קֿכֿוֿ לשטרות, i. e. 815 A. D., but the writing cannot be so early. Perhaps לשטרות is a mistake for לבריאת עולם. The date would then be Oct. 23, 1365 (which was in fact a Thursday). The last entry (verso) is dated the 17th of Chisleu.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Syr. curs. char.; paper, 11 1/4 x 4 1/8 in., injured.

History

Origin: 1365

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Fol. 15
Accounts in Arabic

Verso blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Fols. 16, 17
Accounts in Arabic

beg. בשמך רחמ̇ חצ̇רה סידנא אלרייס אלאגל ג' אלשיך אבו אלפצ̇ל ב' ראש הקהלות. Many of the entries are crossed through, as being settled.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 18
Business letter in Arabic

beg. טלבת חסאב בריס אטאל אללה בקאה מולא אלשיך ולם אגרה וקד תאמלת רקעה אלשיך אבי אלסרור....

Half the verso is blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 19
Letter in Arabic

addressed on the verso يصل هذا الكتاب الى الصفين (?) دكان عروس and below [אלי] אלשיך אלגליל ערוס ב̇ר̇ יוסף נ̇ע̇ מן ... זכרי ב̇ר̇ חננאל. Some scribbling.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Span. curs. char.; paper, 10 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., injured and stained.

History

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Fol. 20
Business letter in Arabic

address and beginning lost. Verso half blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

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Fol. 21
Letter to (?) אפרים ברבי שלום, signed שלמה

The קהל קירואן is mentioned. Verso two lines scribbled (?address).

Language(s): Hebrew

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Fol. 22
Part of a letter in Arabic

headed אברהם חזן beg. יא מולאי וסידי וסייד אהל אלכרם אלמפצ̇ל.

Verso, one line only (?end of the address).

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

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Fol. 23
Letter in Arabic, from אלממלוך דאוד to his master, giving news of the latter's family

Beg. וצל כתאב אלמולא אלואלד אלאגל מר̇ור̇ אליה הדיין החכם המפלא ש̇צ̇ .... At the end כתב מ̇ מ̇ן אל ע̇ו̇מר. (If the מ̇ע̇ו̇ are intended to be dotted and to indicate a date, this would be = 1356 A.D.). Verso blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Origin: 1356

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Fol. 24
Letter in Arabic to אלסת אלואלדה

end missing. Verso, some scribbling and part of the address.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

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Fol. 25
Letter in Arabic

addressed (verso) to הדרת מרי̇ ורבי̇ שמואל. Verso half blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

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Fol. 26
Fragment of a responsum (?) in Arabic, on prayers (?)

beg. where first partly legible

... צ̇רורה אלי כתב ... שרח ואסע אעלמהם פיה סבב אוקאף (?) חכמי אלי הדה אלאיאם (?) אעלם אנני תעדית עלי נץ אלשריעה אלצאדקה אלמנזלה עלי יד אלרסול אלמניר משה רבנו עליו השלום ואתם לא תצאו איש מפתח ביתו עד בקר ולמ[א] אנקצ̇ ... אשמורות ולם יבק אלא אשמורה האחרונה

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Syr. Rabb. char.; paper, 11 7/8 x 3 1/8 in., much injured and obliterated.

History

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