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MS. Kennicott 8

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Hebrew Bible: Books of Psalms, Job and Proverbs

Books of Psalms, Job and Proverbs.

At the end a list of the 150 psalms (fols. 175r-179v).

Colophon: Colophon written and punctuated by Mosheh ben Matityahu for Mosheh ben Daniel of Macerata on fol. 174: "אני משה יזי"י בכמ"ר מתתיה ישר"ו כתבתי ונקדתי זה תלים איוב משלי ונשלם היום יום ה’ ... מייו קס"ד ... וכתבתיו לאחי יפת הגדול כמ"ר משה יזי"י בכמ"ר דניאל מב"ע ממצירטא".
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 179
Dimensions (other):
Dimensions (written):


Italian semi-cursive script, with punctuation.


Light brown leather binding, gold tooled with red floral decoration on golden background; with remains of a clasp.


Origin: [Italy]; 1404

Provenance and Acquisition

Two purchase notes on fol. 174v: "מודה אני משה בכמ"ר דניאל זלה"ה ממצירטי כמו שמכרתי זה הכתובים שיש בו תילים איוב ומשלי מכירא[!] שרירא וקיימא לכמ"ר שמואל יזי"י בכמ"ר מרדכי זלה"ה היום יום ו’ ערב יום הכיפורים ... קפ"ג"; "מודה אני שמואל יזי"י בכמ"ר מרדכי זלה"ה כמו שהיום יום ג’ כ"ה אוגוס’ כ"ז [=רכ"ז] ... מכרתי זה הכתובים שיש בו תהלים איוב משלי ... שלמה יזי"י בכמ"ר יהודה איש ירושלים ... עשרה פרחי’" Purchase note on fol.1r: "לכמ"ר משה קרמי הגיע לחלק חנמאל ... קרמי" Note in English by Emanuel Mendes da Costa: "This MSS of the Psalms, Job and Proverbs appears to have been wrote by Rabbi Moses the Son of Matthew for the Use of his Brother and to ave been finished AM.5164 of the Jewish Era i.e. AC 1404. Emanuel Mendes da Costa 4 June 1766". Two mostly illegible censors' signatures at the end, one of them is from 1603 (fol. 179v)

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 2332., Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 2332. and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


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    Kennicott, Benjamin, Dissertatio generalis in Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum: cum variis lectionibus, ex codicibus manuscriptis et impressis. Recudi curavit et notas adiecit Paulus Iacobus Bruns. Brunovici: Orphanotrophei, 1783.
    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2332.
    Beit-Arié, Malachi and R.A. May (eds), Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I (A. Neubauer’s Catalogue) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), no. 2332.