Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 138

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Hebrew Bible

Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch and Megilot תנ"ך: תורה ומגלות

Pentateuch and Five Scrolls with Masorahs

Pentateuch (Gen. 21:20-Deut. 33:29) with Targum Onḳelos after each verse.

Colophon: Colophon on fol. 327r: "חומש מתרגום ומהפטרות[!] ומחמש מגילות לר’ אליהו דודי בן זקיני הנדיב רבי אהרן זצ"ל הצור יתן לו בנים להגות בו אמן אמן אמן סלח שנת ס"ד לפרט יום ראש חדש סיון"
Language(s): Hebrew and Aramaic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 351
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Quires of mostly 8 leaves no signatures some catchwords at the end of quires, often cut off or missing.


Text in three columns. Pricking and ruling is often visible. Numerous damaged or mutilated leaves.


Ashkenazi square script.

fols. 276-286 by a different hand.


Masorah in micrography (fols. 1r, 13r, 175r .

Decorated catchword (fol. 206v)


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; 1304

Provenance and Acquisition

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. 50, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 50, 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 33063


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 50.
    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. 50.