Bodleian Library, MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152

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MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152

Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Manuscript Book

Arabic translation of Isaiah by Sa'adiya Ga'on

Codicological Definition

Codex

Horizontal rectangle

Single manuscript

Fols. 1-27, in a different hand, contain the beginning of Isaiah: fols. 28-152 continue where the previous part ended. Since there is space at the bottom of fol. 27v, it is possible that the first section was written to complete the second.

Content Description

Bible Commentary

Judeo-Arabic

סעדיה ראש הישיבה בן מרׄ ורׄ יוסף

Saadya Gaon

c.842 Fayyum – 942 Sura

תפסיר ישעיה

Tafsir of Isaiah

(Title given in colophon on fol. 152v, as the beginning of the book is a later addition.)

Full text of the Tafsīr of Isaiah.

פיצירו עברה לבאקי אלבשריון:

A recurring marginal decoration in the same ink as the main text marks some section divisions (many align with certain parashot). Chapter and verse markings (Latin) have been added in a (much) later hand in the margins.
A more ornate marginal decoration on fol. 73r marks חצי הספר (the halfway point of the book).

חודש אילול שנת אתקנו לשטרות

Elul 1245

13th Century CE

  • Iraq
  • Orient

It has been claimed (cf. Sfardata questionnaire) that though the section divisions reflect a Yemenite tradition, the script and paper indicate a Babylonian origin.

Colophon

  • Interlineations: in main hand, to correct errors (which are not crossed out)
  • Interlineations: in later hand, to correct errors (which are crossed out)
  • Other: missing verse (Isa. 60:20) added by same later hand in upper margin of fol. 139r

Physical Description

137mm

110mm

105mm

75mm

The pages have been cut later, as indicated by cut-off quire ordering marks.

152

Complete

Many pages have worm holes and some pages have been modernly restored with paper.

Visible

No

Paper

  • Chain lines: not visible
  • Laid lines: not visible
  • Watermarks: not visible

light brown

text on reverse is not visible

Black (carbon based)

[1 V-I (1-9) 2 V (10-19) 3: IV (20-27)] 4 V (28-37) 5 V (38-47) 6 V (48-57) 7 V (58-67) 8 V (68-77) 9 V (78-87) 10 V (88-97) 11 V (98-107) 12 V (108-117) 13 V (118-127) 14 V (128-137) 15 V (138-147) 16 III-I (148-152, last page missing and quire has been reconstructed with glue)

Catchwords at the end of quires, position: bottom left corner

Each quire bears the quire number in Hebrew (alphanumerals) on the top right; from the eleventh quire this is also written in Arabic (whole words) on the top left. Catchwords on the last page indicate the first word of the following quire.

No pricking

There is ruling

Mastara

Grid of single vertical and horizontal lines

12

Ruling has left very little visible trace on the paper.

Text on recto and verso

12

  • Extended letters
  • Left-hand margin is not even
  • Reduced letters
  • Space fillers
  • Writing above the line oblique

Very variable combination of the use of a space filler (V with a dot above), extended letters (no more than double standard width of letter), slightly reduced letters, and long words written obliquely at end of line; yet the margin is still not strictly even.

Paragraph marks and textual dividers

small marginal decoration divides text into sections

Hebrew

Oriental

Non-Square (beinoni)

Calligraphic

Bookhand

2

  • Hand #1 of Item "MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe named in the document
    - Name Assigned to Scribe: Judah b. [?] b. Samuel of KHRBW
    - Date Assigned to Scribe: active in 1245
    - Name in the Document: יהודה בר [..?ע?]ד בר שמואל מן חרבו

  • Hand #2 of Item "MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152"
    - Type: Glossator
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified
    - Date Assigned to Scribe: later
    - Observations:
    recognisable from a number of small corrections and the insertion of one missing verse


  • Hand #3 of Item "MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: [scribe of fols. 1-27]
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe identified by handwriting
    - Name Assigned to Scribe: סעגיה בן דוד התימני / Saadya b. David the Yemenite
    - Observations:
    Scribe of the first section (not the section described here) identified from handwriting according to SfarData questionnaire.

No vowels or accents

Dots above letters

God = אללה
Diacritics on abbreviations in Hebrew (in colophon only) either one or three dots above letter.

Later

Bibliography

Item Images
MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 1v
Located in: Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Image of MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 1v
MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 152v
Located in: Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Image of MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 152v
MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 28r
Located in: Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Image of MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 28r
MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 97v
Located in: Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Image of MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 - fol. 97v
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Bodleian Library, MS. Pococke 32 fols. 28-152 (Colophon)
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