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MS. Heb. c. 53

Physical Description

Ff. 85.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on typewritten catalogue in the Bodleian Library, fols. 9, 10.

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MS. Heb. c. 53/1

Contents

Fols. 1-3
The commentary of Baḥya b. Asher on Gen. 18,8-21

as in ed. Amsterdam, 1726, p. 30d line 36, to p. 31d line 14.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

About half of each leaf is missing. Foliated פ̇ז̇ to פ̇ט̇.
Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 11 1/2 (x originally about 8 1/2) in., 27 lines, much injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/2

Contents

Fols. 4, 5
Commentary on Exod. 22,25 to 23,9

It seems to be Rashi, but differs very much from the editions.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 10 1/2 x 7 in., 24 lines, much injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/3

Contents

Fols. 6-9
Naḥmanides' commentary on Deut. 8,17 to 10,12.
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. curs. char.; paper, 11 3/4 x 8 3/8 in., 30 lines, injured (esp. fol. 9) and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/4

Contents

Fols. 10-25
Homilies by Joshua b. Shuʿaib

on פ' משפטים to כי תשא as in No. 982 fols. 93 to 114.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 11 x 8 in., 26 lines, stained and injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/5

Contents

Fols. 26-29
Fragment of the Zohar, פ' משפטים

beg. [כי תקנה עבד עברי..] חנם קרא דא אוכח על כל מה דאיתא̇, ed. Mantua 1559, fol. 105b, ending עד בור ינוס אל יתמכו בו עד ההוא בור דקא ינוס, ed. fol. 113.

The text differs considerably from the edition. On the margin are explanatory notes in Hebrew. The leaves are foliated צ̇א̇ to צ̇ד̇.

Language(s): Aramaic, Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in, 35 lines; slightly injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/6

Contents

Fols. 30-39
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

ה' אישות 15,1 to 16,3;

b.

(fol. 32) ה' יבום וחליצה, 2,1-12;

c.

(fol. 34) ה' איסור ביאה, 1,10 to 5,12.

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, about 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 in., 23 lines, much injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/7

Contents

Fols. 40-46
Fragment of the מגיד משנה, a commentary by Vidal di Tolosa on Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

on ה' חובל, the end of cap. 1 to the beg. of cap. 7;

b.

(fol. 46) on ה' מכירה, 28,7-12.

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 10 3/4 x 8 in., 27 lines, injured and much stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/8

Contents

Fols. 47-56
Fragment of the ס' תולדות אדם וחוה of Yeruḥam b. Meshullam

נתיב 23, 2-3 as in ed. Venice, 1553, fol. 193c line 32, to fol. 196c middle.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in., about 30 lines, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/9

Contents

Fols. 57-64
Fragment of the ס' מישרים of Yeruḥam b. Meshullam

נתיב 27,3 to 29,1 as in ed. Venice, 1553, fol. 78b line 12, to fol. 80d line 28.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 12 x 8 1/2 in., 32 lines, much injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/10

Contents

Fols. 65-76
Fragment of the מגן אבות of Simeon Duran
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

the preface as in ed. Livorno, 1785, fol. 2 line 9 from below to fol. 2b, 3rd line from the end of the preface;

b.

(fol. 66) as ed. fol. 4 line 32 to fol. 4b l. 18;

c.

(fol. 67) as ed. fol. 21b line 10 to line 12 from below; one leaf is missing here;

d.

(fol. 68) as ed. fol. 22 line 21 to l. 3 from below;

e.

(fols. 69-76) as ed. fol. 51b line 19 to fol. 54 l. 39.

Physical Description

On fols. 73, 74, 76 the ink has soaked through the paper and some spaces are consequently left blank of the verso.
Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., 30 lines, slightly stained and injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/11

Contents

Fols. 77-82
Fragments of an ethical work

beg. with חלק א' פרק א' on גמילות חסדים, followed (fol. 77 middle) by פרק ב' and (fol. 78b) פרק ג'.

Another פרק ג' (i.e. belonging to a different חלק) on fol. 79b beg. כל העוסק בתורה ה̇ב̇ה̇ משלים חפצו....

On fol. 80 (middle) beg. הכלל התשיעי לדון דין אמת ונחלק לשלושה חלקים החלק הראשון כגדולת המשפט.... The second פרק is on f. 80b.

Fol. 81 seems to contain the end of the work, as part of the recto and all the verso are blank.

Fol. 82 small pieces. On fol. 77b the writer quotes הגאון. No continuous passage is legible.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, about 11 x 8 1/2 in., about 31 lines; very much injured and stained.
Apparently the leaves have been used in a binding, which was injured by bookworms.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/12

Contents

Fol. 83
Mystical commentary on Canticle 3,5-8

On 3,7 it says הנה מטתו שלשלמה... ישראל. זו תשובת מי זאת עולה מן המדבר הנה היא מטתו שלשלמה וכבר ידעת שהמדה הזאת נקראת מט̇ה כדא̇ ויאסוף רגליו אל המטה...

The author used the ordinary midrash on ש̇הש̇. On the margins is a super-commentary which quotes the בהיר and the מד' הנעלם.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Span. Rabb. char.; paper, 10 3/4 x 8 in., 30 lines, injured and stained; margins much faded.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

MS. Heb. c. 53/13

Contents

Fols. 84, 85.
Fragment of a mystical treatise, in Arabic, on angels, jinn, stars, Solomon

beg. אלציפ̇י פהו אלד̇י יגדבה זמאן אלרביע לאן אלשמס מא דאמת בחרבה̇ פלכהא אלכ̇אץ מסאמיה̇ להד̇א אלקום יסמי ד̇לך אלזמאן ציפ̇א ואמא אלרביע אלד̇י בין נקצתי אלאעתדאל אלכ̇ריפ̇י ובין נקצה̇ אלאעתדאל אלשתוי פהו אלד̇י יגדבה זמאן אלכ̇ריף לאן אלשמס מא דאמת מסאמתה להדא אלקום יסמי ד̇לך אלזמאן כ̇ריפ̇א...

Quotes Ptolemy's measurements of the Zodiac.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Or. cursive char.; paper, 11 x 8 1/8 in., 25 lines.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by exchange from C. D. Ginsburg, ultimately from the Genizah.

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