A catalogue of Cairo Genizah fragments at the Bodleian Libraries

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Contents

Letters and deeds

Physical Description

Or. Rabb. and curs. char. (by various hands); nos. 1-28 paper, nos. 29-35 vellum, various shapes and sizes.
Ff. 36.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (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. 2874.

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Fol. 1
Letter; legal declaration
Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew
a.

Arabic letter to (יוסף?) בן יצחק (?), signed שלמה ראש ישיבת גאון יעקב ברבי ...;

b.

(verso) a legal declaration by עובדיה בר אהרן החבר בסנהדרין גדולה, dated Sunday the 4th of Tebeth, 1399 Sel. = 1088 A.D., in Cairo.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Origin: 1088

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 2
Contract

dated Kislew, 1443 Sel. = 526 A.H. = 1132 A.D., at Fostat. Parties, מר̇ור̇ חננאל בר נסים נ̇ע̇ and מר̇ור̇ יהודה הכהן בר יוסף הכהן ס̇ט̇. The signatures are missing. Verso mostly blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and stained.

History

Origin: 1132

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 3
Deed

showing that the terms of the כתובה had been carried out between סת אלכל ב̇ר̇ ברכות דידוע נטירא and her husband ר̇ צדקה בן ר̇ צמח נ̇ע̇; dated in the first decade of Marḥeshwan, 1442 Sel. = 1131 A.D., at Fostat, with the authority of מצליח הכהן גאון; signed, חלפון ביר̇ גאלב החזן נ̇ע̇ and נתן בר יפת נ̇ע̇. Verso blank. Cf. No. 2873, 40.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Origin: 1131

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 4
Letter

Letter of sympathy, in Hebrew and Arabic, to הלל הזקן בן עלי הזקן ז̇צ̇ל̇ from יפתח (?) הכהן.

Verso, address only.

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 5
Deed in Arabic

beg. and end missing. The year 351 (Sel.)1040 A.D. is mentioned. Verso, scribbling.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 6
Contract for a loan

Dated in the first decade of Thammuz, 1461 Sel. = 1150 A.D., at מניה אשנה דסמיכא לפסטאט, with the authority of Samuel han-nagid.

Parties, צדקה בר נתנאל החזן הידוע באלדרובי (?) נ̇ע̇ and שמואל השר בר̇ יהודה הידוע בן אסד נ̇ב̇ע̇.

Signatures missing. Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Origin: 1150

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 7
Arabic letter

No names or date. Verso, scribbling.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 8
Document; liturgical
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

Document relating to the appointment of some person as פקיד or נגיד. Names mentioned are כלוף בן אהרן, [שמריה] בירבי אלחנן (so in the margin of the verso), כלף בן אברהם בן כלול אלאטראבלסי. No date.

b. verso
liturgical (for ר̇ה̇?)

by another hand.

Badly written.

1.

א̇ב̇ beg. missing, beg. לֿבלתי נשוא פנים אדון לקול;

2.

א̇ב̇ incomplete, beg. ...כרה ותדמע עיני בהיות בוחן מכפר עוני.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, much injured and obliterated..

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 9
Letter; liturgical
Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew
a.

Arabic letter to ר̇ יפת בן יפת (עלי) of צהרשת from יהודה ביר̇ סעדיה הרופא ז̇ל̇, concerning a verdict on the affairs of אבו אלסרור פרח בן הבה אלגהבד;

b. (verso)

In upper margin צדקה בר פרקאן and עלי בר אברהם נ̇נ̇. Badly written.

1.

headed ברכת מזון לעיד ושבת;

2.

headed ברכה לפורים, beg. אדון כל מעשים בשושן עשית לנו נסים.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, much injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 10
Arabic letter from משה בן יצחק

Names mentioned are אבו אלפצ̇ל רב עזרא and אבו אלחסין רב מבורך, sons of רב שמואל (בן מבשר) בן עזריה אבו אלחסין ב̇ (?) עלי בן צדקה; Verso mostly blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 11
Arabic letter

to שמואל הנגיד בן חנניה from שמריה בר יכין נ̇ע̇, concerning the affairs of שלמה בר יפת. Verso mostly blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 12
Deed

dated Wednesday the 7th of ..., 47[9]7 A.M. = 1037 A.D., showing that סכינה [בת ...] בן אלפציץ and סתית אשת מנחם הכהן בן עלי הנודע בן אלמנבור agree as to the division of an inheritance.

Signed, [... בן ס]עדיה נ̇נ̇, שלמה בן צדקה נ̇נ̇, יצחק הכהן בר חגי נ̇נ̇, שמואל החבר ברבי משה החבר נ̇ע̇, שמואל בר כלף נ̇נ̇, [... בן א]פרים נ̇ע̇, יוסף הכהן הרביעי בחבורה ברבי יעקב נ̇ע̇.

Witnesses, below, אפרים החבר ברבי שמריה נ̇נ̇, אברהם בר מבשר נ̇נ̇, יפת החזן בירבי דויד החזן נ̇נ̇.

Verso, deed dated Marḥeshwan, 1350 Sel. = 1039 A.D., concerning the disposition of the property of מנשה בן יוסף, who died leaving a widow (? תאבת).

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, much injured.

History

Origin: 1037 1039

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 13
Letter

from יוסף הכהן השמרוני, asking for help. Verso blank. (See J.Q.R. xvi. p. 474 sqq.)

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 14
Arabic letter

from ברכאת הכהן to מר̇ור̇ מאיר at צוען מצרים. To the same leaf are attached two fragments, one of which bears the address אלי אבו אלמגד אלחזן אלאסכנד[ריה].

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic, Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 15
Arabic letter

from שמואל בן יוסף מלמד to אכותי אלעזיזין עלי אבו אלסרור ומשה, in answer to a letter from them received in the first decade of Thammuz, [4]916 A.M. = 1156 A.D..

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and stained.

History

Origin: c. 1156

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 16
Letter

to ר̇ יוסף; the fourth line beg. אודיעך איך אני בשנה זו הלכתי לטריפול אולי אמצא יהודי אחד שלקח לי ק̇ פרחים וברח לוניסייה ....

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fols. 17, 18
Liturgical

Verso, scribbling.

Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic
a.

(fol. 17) א̇ב̇ beg. and end missing, ק beg. קֿדוש ונורא שמו קֿרוב לכל קוראיו בא̇ קֿושב אל תירות קֿונה ...;

b.

(fol. 18) a similar piece; at the end is the heading אמת.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 19
Business letter in Arabic

to אבו עמראן מוסי בר צדקה בר אבי עמראן from כלף ב̇ יצחק. Verso, address only.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, end much injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 20
Hymns; fragment relating to biblical chronology
Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic
a.
Hymns

nos. 2-4 headed גירה.

1.

beg. missing, beg. ... ושפתותיו כארגמן עלי רקה פנינים;

2.

גדלו אהיה כאשר גדלכם;

3.

מלכי אדוני מלא רצונו;

4.

פרוד ידידי ללבי הכאיב;

b.

(verso) fragment relating to biblical chronology, beg. missing, beg. ... אלתורה לא ששׁך אן וגדנא פי אלנץ אן אדם על̇ אלס̇ עאש [ק̇ל̇] סנה ואולד שת ועאש שת ק̇ה̇ סנין ....

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 21
Accounts; deed
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

Accounts of ברכות ביר̇ יוסף הזקן אללבדי נ̇ע̇;

b.

(verso) deed testifying to the correctness of the same.

Witnesses, יהודה הכהן בן יוסף הכהן ס̇ט̇ נין יהוסף כהן צדק ז̇צ̇ל̇, זכריה בן שר שלום נ̇ע̇, חלפון הלוי ביר̇ מנשה נ̇ע̇.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 22
Arabic letter

to יהודה הכהן בן יוסף הכהן נ̇ע̇ from מחרור (?) בר יעקב נ̇ע̇.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 23
Contract

between סאבך בן אבו אלחסן and שמואל השר ... בר יהודה, dated in the first decade of Ab, 1465 Sel. = 1154 A.D., at מניה זפתא, by authority of Samuel han-nagid.

Signed, שלמה בר זרעה נ̇ע̇, פרחיה בר שמואל נ̇ע̇, שבתי בירבי אברהם החבר הדיין תֿנֿצֿבֿהֿ, יפת בר יוסף המלמד נ̇ע̇, שלה בר יפת נ̇ע̇, אלעזר בר שמריה נ̇ע̇.

Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured.

History

Origin: 1154

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Contents

Fol. 24
Historical fragment

beg. missing, beg. ... חכמי ישראל ורבניהם ואבות בתי דינים אשר נהגו שררה בעם יֿיֿ צבאות עד כֿגֿקֿ ... אברהם ראש ישיבת גאון יעקב ..., ending מר̇ור̇ חנניה השר הנכבד החכם והנבון ז̇ל̇.

Owner, (verso) אלריס אבו אלנגם ואכותה ואולאד עמה.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 25
Letter

Hebrew and Arabic, to אבו סעיד חלפון הלוי בר כ̇ג̇ק̇ר̇ נתנאל הלוי ת̇נ̇צ̇ב̇ה̇ from כלף בר יצחק ס̇ט̇ (cf. no. 18). Verso, address only.

Language(s): Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 26
List of names; poem
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

List of names, headed כהנים, beg. ראש ישי̇ אב ב̇ד̇ וש̇ חמו אברהם אב בית דין וב̇ שלמה ר̇ יש̇ ג̇ יע̇ (cf. no. 23);

b.

(verso) consolatory poem, beg. בן אדם אל תבהל על פיך. Two thirds of the leaf are blank.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, injured and stained.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 27
Arabic letter

signed ממלוכה מנחם (cf. No. 2821, 38), beg. injured.

Language(s): Judeo-Arabic

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 28
Small fragment of a letter

headed ... [ישיב]ת גאון יעקב ברבי ... Names mentioned are מר̇ור̇ אפרים ..., ... רבנא ישראל ראש ...

Verso, address only, למר̇ור̇ אפרים התלמיד החכם וה....

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 29
Deed of transfer

signed יעקב הכהן בר יוסף נ̇ע̇. Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; paper, much injured and obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 30
Poem; deed
Language(s): Hebrew
a.

Poem in praise of ... שמואל בר יפת בן אפרים (so acr. in heading), beg. שמואל זו לשבחה והי כשמן קדש משוחה. Dated 1511 Sel. = 1200 A.D.;

b.

(verso) deed; names obliterated, signatures missing; dated the 8th of Sivan, 15.. Sel. = 119. A.D., at קאהרה הסמוכה לפסטאט.

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, much injured.

History

Origin: 1200

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Contents

Fol. 31
Fragment of a deed

signed חלפון הלוי ביר̇ מנשה נ̇ע̇ (cf. No. 2876, 68), [...ב̇]מר̇ור̇ יפת הזקן הלוי, יצחק ביר̇ גאלב החזן נ̇ע̇. Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 32
Fragment of a deed

the following names occur מר̇ ברכיה ראש בית דין, סלימן בן יעקב, אבו אלסרור בן נתן, ר̇ מצליח, יהושע בן נתן.

Verso, scribbling.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, obliterated.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 33
Letter

Letter to אדוננו וגאוננו ... משה בן ..., signed יהונתן הכהן בר דוד ז̇צ̇ל̇; he says והוספת עלינו חכמה וטוב כי שלחת אלינו הספר ספר מורה הנבוכים ..., and gives a list of books translated by ר̇ יהודה אבן תבון הספרדי.

Verso (in another hand), the date Monday the 2nd of Elul, 1580 Sel. = 1269 A.D. (שבת שופטים), and some scribbling.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, injured.

History

Origin: 1269

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Fol. 34
כתובה; poem
Language(s): Aramaic, Hebrew
a.

כתובה; dated 1374 Sel. = 1063 A.D.;

parties, ר̇ הבה בר משה and רצ̇א ברת נחמיה כהנא.

Signed, עלי הכהן בר יחיה נ̇ע̇, יצחק בר ישועה נ̇נ̇, יוסף בר שלמה, נתנאל בר מנשה נ̇ע̇, יצחק בן יחש (?), עלי הדן (?) בר המ̇ עולה ברבי עמרם ז̇ל̇.

b.

(verso) a complimentary poem, beg. יבורך צור אדון כל הברואים. אשר יצר טפוחים עם קפואים..

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, much injured and obliterated.

History

Origin: 1063

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Contents

Fol. 35
Contract

dated Tebeth, 1468 Sel. = 1157 A.D., at Fostat, by authority of Samuel han-nagid.

Parties, מכארם בן סלאמה, and his brother אבו אלסרור.

Signed, מבורך בר נתן החבר ס̇ט̇, סעדיה בר̇ אברהם נ̇ע̇.

Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum, injured, much stained and obliterated.

History

Origin: 1157

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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Contents

Fol. 36
Contract

dated in the last decade of Marḥeshwan, 1465 Sel. = 549 A.H. = 1154 A.D., at Fostat, by authority of Samuel han-nagind.

Parties, אלשיך אבו סלימאן דאוד ולד אלשיך אבו אלנציב מר̇ור̇ דוד בן מר̇ור̇ זרעה נ̇ע̇ and אלשיך אבו אלמעאלי אלתאגר ולד אלשיך אבו אלחסן דידיע בן אסד כ̇ג̇ק̇ מר̇ור̇ שמואל השר ... בן כ̇ג̇ק̇ מר̇ור̇ יהודה נ̇ע̇ (cf. no. 6).

Signed, יהוסף ביר̇ יצחק הרב זֿלֿ, עזריהו בר יהודה ס̇ט̇, יכין הכהן בר ישועה הכהן ס̇ט̇, הודיה הלוי ביר̇ שלה ז̇ל̇.

Verso blank.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Oriental char.; vellum.

History

Origin: 1154

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought through the Rev. Prof. Sayce, 1896 (from the Genizah).

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