HEBREW POEMS FROM CAIRO GENIZAH

MS 1864
MS Short Title HEBREW POEMS FROM CAIRO GENIZAH
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  1. YOZER LIV'ZOT HA'BRACHA-ESA BECHI VE'AL AHASHE, LITURGICAL POEM
  2. ROSH HA'YESHIVA, POEM IN HONOUR OF NATHANIEL GAON
  3. MADIACH LA'ASHEM U'MAOZI, POEM ABOUT JERUSALEM
  4. JUDAH HA'LEVI: YERUSHALAIM HEIANCHI (POEM) DIPLOMA GIVEN BY EMPEROR ANTONINUS PIUS TO THEEON
Description MS in Hebrew on paper, Syria?, late 12th c., 8 ff., 17x13 cm, single column, (14x11 cm), up to 21 lines in a Syriac rabbinic book script by several scribes.
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Provenance 1. The Cairo Genizah, Fustât, Egypt (-ca. 1896); 2. David Solomon Sassoon's Library, Hertfordshire, MS.220 (1920-1942); 3. David Solomon Sassoon's trustees (1942-1994); 4. Sotheby's 21.6.1994:9 (5th Sassoon sale).
Commentary The Spanish poet and philosopher Judah Ha'levi died in Egypt in 1141 during an attempt to emigrate to the Holy Land. Second to the caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the great Genizah in Cairo is the most significant and evocative source for any fragments of early Hebrew MSS. The Genizah was fully unearthed from 1896. Probably no Egyptian finds, except that of Tutankhamon in 1922, has ever excited the public imagination so much at the time of the discovery. No single source has added so much to our knowledge of early Jewish culture.
Published D.S. Sassoon: Ohel Dawid, Descriptive Catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts in the Sassoon Library, London 1932, I, pp. 272-3.
Exhibited XVI Congress of the International Organization for the study of the Old Testament. Faculty of Law Library, University of Oslo, 29 July - 7 August 1998.
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Place of origin Syria?,
Dates late 12c AD

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