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MS. Laud Or. 220

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection



Physical Description

ff. 328.Compilation of various MSS, mostly written in the same type of script and sharing the same watermarks.
Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ff.328
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 150 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals, fol. 210 is double, fols. 307-308 are bound in wrong order.


x quires + 2 leaves inner/outer leaf of quire Hebrew/Arabic characters catchwords, repeated words, marked central opening


Text in one column, except fols. 316r-318v: text in two columns.


Sephardi cursive and semi-cursive scripts; fol. 232r-237r: Byzantine script


Not decorated.


Light brown leather binging.


Origin: [Turkey?]; [late 16th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Owner's inscription on fol. 327v: "Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cantuar[iensis] et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxon[iensis] 1635". Note on modern flyleaf (fol. 326r): " ליכרון שמו של אהובי הדר אצל קהל דבוגון שמו רʹ יעקב כהן פענייאז חכם רʹ אברהם אשכנזי אצל קהל סיראטיקה "

Donated to the Library by Archbishop William Laud (see Summary Catalogue, vol.II, part 1, pp. 13-14).

MS. Laud Or. 220/1


1. ff. 1r-26r
Maʾamarim u-feshuṭim shel pesuḳim ṿe-derushim מאמרים ופשטים של פסוקים ודרושים

Expositions of passages and legends in the Talmud, mostly by means of question and answer. Includes some novellae and homilies by Eleazar Kohen (fols. 36v, 40v). Includes some homilies by the Mahariḳ (=Israel Koriel).

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/2


2. ff. 28r-40v
Beʾur sugyiot ba-Talmud ṿe-agadot Ḥazal באור סוגיות בתלמוד ואגדות חז"ל

Various homilies and expositions in different hands

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/3


3. ff. 41r-156v
Philosophico-cabbalistical commentary on the Pentateuch

Incomplete (lacunae: Gen. 1:2-24:12, 29:12-37:1, 37:31-Ex. 8:5, 12:39-14:30, 15:22-32:7, 32:12-end of Lev, Num. 5:7-7:13, 9:9-22, 22:28-end). Nahmanides, Zohar and Midrash ha-Neʿelam are mostly quoted.

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/4


4. ff. 158r-189v
Philosophical homilies

In the style of the Malmad ha-Talmidim, beg. and end incomplete. The author quotes only Maimonides.

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/5


5. ff. 191r-203v
Two homilies
Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/6


6. ff. 204r-271v
Aggadic notes on biblical passages and framgents of homilies by various hands.
Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/7


7. ff. 273r-278r
Yeshayah ben Yosef ha-Yaṿaniישעיה בן יוסף היוני, Ets Ḥayim עץ חיים

Philosophico-cabbalistical treatise on the ten Sefirot, on the planets, and on the Ten Commandments. Was written for R. Eliyah ha-Leṿi ben R. Ḥananel ha-Dayan.

"נאום ישעיה המכונה בשם רב בן הרב רבינו יוסף ז"ל ... אליהו הלוי בן הרב הקדש מרʹ ורב חננל הדיין"

Language(s): Hebrew
8. ff. 278r-285v
Naḥmanides, approximately 1195-approximately 1270משה בן נחמן, Shaʿare ha-Tsedeḳ = Igeret ha-ḳodesh שערי הצדק = אגדת הקודש
Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/8


8. ff. 288r-298r
Yosef ben Shlomoh Ṭiṭtsiḳ (Riṭ)יוסף בן שלמה טיטצק, Perush Tehilim פירוש תהילים להרי"ט

Commentary on Psalms 1-20.

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/9


9. ff. 303r-313v
Commentary on Lamentations פרוש כתובים (איכה)
Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/10


10. ff. 314r-318v
Pieces of rhymed prose and poetry

Pieces are identical with MS. Mich. 155 (see Neubauer no. 1984, section C. 7). Decorated letters on fol. 314r.

Language(s): Hebrew

MS. Laud Or. 220/11


11. ff. 320r-325r
A homily in Arabic
Language(s): Hebrew

Additional Information

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, (No. 2270, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 2270, 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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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2270
    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. 2270