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MS. Heb. a. 2

Physical Description

Ff. 24.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (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. 2805.

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MS. Heb. a. 2/1

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Fol. 1
A fragment of a marriage contract

dated the 24th of Siwan, 1313 Sel. (superscribed 1366) = 1002 A.D., at Fostat (פסטאט מצרים) on the Nile;

the parties are Amram bar Maimon and ... זהרא, daughter of Elishama (superscribed Josiah bar R. Nehemiah ראש פרקא and ... כרימה, daughter of Isaac).

Language(s): Aramaic

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum, cut and injured.

History

Origin: 1002 ; Fostat

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/2

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Fol. 2
Marriage contract; magical formulae
Language(s): Aramaic, Hebrew
Fol. 2a
A marriage contract

complete (margins cut), dated Thursday the 5th of Elul, 4750 A.M. = 990 A.D., at מדינת ברקה;

the parties are Aaron bar Jeshuah and חוסנה, daughter of Joseph אלצרפי, the dowry is expressed as follows: כסף זוזי מאתן ומאתן מנהג מדינת אטרבולוס, with some other presents;

signed by a great number of witnesses, the first of whom is Joseph bar Nissin השופט.

Fol. 2b
A Hebrew fragment of magical and astrological formulae and sayings, arranged in four pages.

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: 990 ; ברקה

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/3

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Fol. 3
Fragments of Hebrew documents
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

in which the property of Judah, which was in the hands of Netira son of Tobiah of Nisibis, was ordered by the זקנים to be restored to Judah’s sons, Sahl and Ḥosein.

The date is cut off, only Monday the 7th of Tishri can be read, and the place where the elders decided the matter is חנס מצרים.

b.

The date 4750 A.M. = 990 A.D. is, however, given in fragment b, where Netira has the title of כהן. The signatures of the elders are missing in both fragments.

c.

Aminah daughter of Moses with her husband and her two daughters סיידה and סותית renounces all right to the property in her possession; the document is much cut, the signatures are missing, and of the date and place only the following can be made out: 19th of Tebeth, 47.., .. שעל לשון ים מצרים.

Verso
Fragments of a liturgy for the טל

beg. as follows: הם אשר נתברכו בטל ילדות טל לאב המון ניתן בקץ רביבי טל; the months and the planets are mentioned in the last strophe.

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/4

Contents

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Fostat; 1030

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/5

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Fol. 5
Marriage contract; Leviticus
Language(s): Hebrew, Aramaic
Fol. 5a
A marriage contract

the names of the parties are … ? bar כתיר and Mubarakat daughter of Solomon Kahana, drawn up at Fostat on the Nile, on Wednesday the 5th of Siwan, 1368 Sel. = 1057 A.D.; signatures cut off.

Verso
Leviticus iii. 6 to 17

with vowel points and accents, obliterated.

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Fostat; 1057

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/6

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Fol. 6
A marriage contract

dated … Siwan, 1438 Sel. = 1127 A.D., at Fostat, the man’s name is תקוה hal-Levi son of מר̇ו̇ר̇ פרחיה, the rest is cut off.

Language(s): Aramaic

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Fostat; 1127

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/7

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Fol. 7
An Arabic document

cut, containing an agreement made in the presence of the ב̇ד̇, between [ש]מואל son of Japheth החבר, and al-Sheikh Abu 'l-Fadhl אלשראבי R. Shelah son of Eleazar haz-Zaqen about some property at Fostat (names given), dated by the Tribunal (no names) in the second decade of Iyyar, 1414 Sel. = 1103 A.D.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Fostat; 1103

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/8

Contents

Fol. 8
A document concerning a sale of property

the parties are Abu 'l-maʿani and Abu 'l-faraj; drawn up at Fostat, in the month of Nisan, 1456 Sel. = 1145 A.D., in the presence of Samuel han-Nagid.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: 1145 ; Fostat

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/9

Contents

Fol. 9
A will, in Arabic

of אבו אלפצ[ל] אלקזאז בן אלשיך אבו אלברכאת הידוע בן אלמקדסי (witnessed by Solomon bar Nisim and Levi hal-Levi ben R. Abraham) bequeathing his property to his two sons, אבו אלברכאת and אבו אלחסן;

made at Fostat, on Wednesday the 15th of Kislew, 1500 Sel. = 1189 A.D., in the presence (רשותיה) of Sar Shalom hal-Levi.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Fostat; 1189

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/10

Contents

Fol. 10
Fragment of a marriage contract

much cut, witnessed by Joseph bar Solomon, Joseph ben R. Nisim, and Joseph bar Shemariah.

On the verso some scribbling in Hebrew and Arabic.

Language(s): Aramaic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/11

Contents

Fol. 11
List, in Arabic, of mercantile transactions

beg. מערפה חסאב אבי אלבשר מן ד̇לך עדל לך אלוזן.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/12

Contents

Fol. 12
A fragment of a conveyance of property

beg. ... אלסוק אלכביר אלמערופה; much cut.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/13

Contents

Fol. 13
Document; liturgy
Language(s): Hebrew
Fol. 13a
A fragment of a document concerning a vineyard in the possession of Joseph bar Isaac

situated לעבר נהר תאג̇א במקום שיודעין אותו ואדילעפש בכפר אלביג̇ש, much cut.

Verso
A fragment of a liturgy for Pesaḥ

by a later (cursive) hand, with the refrain ברח דודי; a strophe beg. הכו עיר ידי שעיר; much obliterated.

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/14

Contents

Fol. 14
The end of a letter in rhymed prose

from Judah Sofer bar Ali to Meborakh bar David hab-Babli (on the verso),

ending with ותן שלום לאדוני מרי ורבנא אברהם הרופא זקננו וחשובנו בן כבוד גדולת קדושת מרנא ורבנא עלי נ̇נ̇ ותקבלו שלום רב מחמודי עלי.

This is followed by a postscript, beg. וקד געלת רקעה דרג כתאבך מתפצ̇ל תרפעהא לסידי אבי עמרן בן יחיי אלרקי ..., and mentioning ולדי אבו אלחסן.

On the verso are some entries by a later hand, beg. אשתרית מן אבו אלעלא רטלין ....

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/15

Contents

Fol. 15
The end of a legal document

signed אלחנן בית דין בירבי שמריה.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/16

Contents

Fol. 16
A letter from Ḥalfon hal-Levi son of Menasseh בן אלקטאיף to R. Ḥalfon ben Isaac השר הנכבד נדיב ... (on the verso).

The preamble is in Hebrew and in rhymed prose, the letter is in Arabic. It is mentioned that a letter had already been sent to him by אלשיך אבו סעיד כֿגֿקֿ מֿרֿוֿרֿ חלפון הלוי היקר הנבון נֿטֿרֿחֿ בר כֿגֿקֿ נתנאל הלוי הזקן הנכבד נ̇ע̇.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; paper.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/17

Contents

Fol. 17
A business letter in Arabic sent from Alexandria to אבו אלכיר בן זכריא בן ... by יחיי בן מנטי (?)

dated in the month of Siwan. All the names in it are Arabic, e.g. אבו אלפצ̇ל, אלשיך אבו טייב.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: Alexandria

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/18

Contents

Fol. 18
A business letter in Arabic

from Alexandria, dated in the month of Siwan, addressed לאכי וסידי אבי יחיי נהראי בן נסים, by Israel ben Nathan of Kairowan, the same persons are mentioned as in No. 17.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; paper.

History

Origin: Alexandria

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/19

Contents

Fol. 19
A business letter in Arabic

addressed to אבי יצחק בן צאלח by צדקה בן זכריא, from Alexandria, in the month of Siwan.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; paper.

History

Origin: Alexandria

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/20

Contents

Fol. 20
A business letter in Arabic

dated the 4th of Elul, addressed to Abu Zecharia ben Judah ben Moses ben ... by מוסי בן יצחק.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/21

Contents

Fol. 21
A letter

beg. and end much cut, preamble in Hebrew and verso in Arabic. The following names occur: אמא אלשיך אלרשד הק̇ב̇ה̇ יכפיה, ואמא אלשיך אבו מנצור פמא ערפת....

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. char.; paper.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/22

Contents

Fol. 22
An Arabic letter

beg. missing. R. Moses and R. Obadiah are mentioned; on the margin is the date לילה אלאתנין ד̇ תמוז. The verso contains a postscript in which אלשיך אבו אלפצ̇ל אלסופר is mentioned.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. curs. char.; paper.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/23

Contents

Fol. 23
Document concerning the cession of the property of Abu 'l-Maʿali ben Japheth to his friend Mulat daughter of R. Joseph hak-Kohen ben Adoniah

dated Wednesday the 14th of Iyyar, 810 = 1050 A.D., in Kairowan; witnesses, Joseph ben R. Judah, Nissim bar Abraham חדירי, Abraham bar Joseph ראש הסדר.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Origin: 1050 ; Kairowan

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

MS. Heb. a. 2/24

Contents

Fol. 24
A collection of Agadic sentences from the Talmud

The first legible section beg. מפני ארבעה דברים המאורות לוקים על כותבי פלסטה ועל מעידי עידות שקר... (B. Talm. Succah, fol. 29).

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Or. squ. char.; vellum.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. G. J. Chester, 1890-1 (from the Genizah).

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