Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 136

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Hebrew Bible

Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch, Five Scrolls, Hafṭarot, Jeremiah (1:1-23:6), Isaiah (34-35), Job תנ"ך : תורה, חמש מגלות, הפטרות, ירמיה א:א-כג:ו, ישעיה לד-לה ואיוב

Pentateuch with Targum Onḳelos after each verse.

Flyleaves (fols. 1 and 354) are from different Hebrew manuscript (with fragments of Psalms).

Latin notes regarding the content on front paste down.

Language(s): Hebrew and Aramaic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 354
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals. Fol. 179 is cut off almost entirely.


No signatures except on fol. 12r, where a fading letter "bet" is visible in the lower margin. Remains of catchword on fol. 79v, catchword on fol. 95v. Catchwords must have been trimmed off when rebound.


Text in three columns. Pricking is often visible in the inner margin. Ruling is often visible.


Ashkenazi square script.

fols. 2v-11v: later completion of the missing beginning in Sepharid square script.

Flyleaves (fols. 1, 354): fragment of two sheets, early 13th-century (or earlier) Ashkenazi square script


Carmina figurata (e.g. fols. 69r, 127r, 269v, 274r, 287r)

A few geometrical micrography in the lower margins (e.g. fols. 57v, 67v, 77r)


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; [late 13th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Censor's signature of Hippolitus off Ferrara on fol. 353v: "Fra Hipp[olitu]s Ferr[arens]is vidit 1601"

Matteo Luigi Canonici's (1727-1805) collections passed to his brother Giuseppe, and on his death in 1807 to Giovanni Perissinotti and Girolamo Cardina, who divided them. To the former fell the MSS., then about 3550 in number, and, after many attempts to sell them, the Bodleian became the purchaser of the greater part in 1817, for £5444 5s. 1d., or including incidental expenses about £6030, the largest single purchase ever made by the Library. The formal list of volumes handed over was signed on May 18, 1817, and the books probably arrived later that year.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 18, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 18, 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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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 33031


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 18.
    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. 18.