Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. 189

Special Collections Hebrew Manuscripts

Contents

Moses Ibn Tibbon's Hebrew translation of Abu Bakr Muḥammad al-Ḥaṣṣar's treatise on arithmetic

Ff. 1r-34r
al-Ḥaṣṣar, Abu Bakr Muḥammad b. ʿAbd-Allah b. ʿAbbasal-Ḥatsar, Abu Bakr Muḥammad b. ʿAbd-Allah b. ʿAbbasאבו בכר מחמד בן עבד אללה בן עבאס בן אלחצאר Ibn Tibon, Mosheh, active 13th century משה אבן תבון (translator)Sefer ha-ḥeshbon le-al Ḥatsarספר החשבון לאל חצאר
Incipit: אמר המלמד אבו בכר מחמד בן עבד אללה בן עבאס בן חצאר
Colophon: Translator's colophon on fol. 31v: נשלמו המעשים והוא ספר בחשבון לאבו בכר מחמד בן עבד אללה בן עבאס אלחצאר. והעתיקו ר' משה בר' שמואל בר' יהודה בר' שאול ז''ל אשר מרמון ספרד ושלמה העתקתו ביח' יום לחדש אייר שנת אחת ושלשים בעיר מונטפשלייר
Colophon: Copyist's colophon on fol. 31v: והנה נשלמה העתקתו יום שנים עשר מאדר שני שנת רלו' מהאלף הששי שהוא אלף וארבע מאות ושמנה שנים מחרבן הבית שתבנה במהרה אמן סלה

The treatise is divided into two parts:

1. (f. 1r) on integers (10 chapters)

2. (f. 7r) on fractions: This part consists of 72 numbered chapters, then (fol. 18v) 5 chapters on converting fractions, then several chapters on (f. 19r) addition, (f. 22v) multiplication, (f. 22v) subtraction, (f. 24r) division, and (f. 30r) finding square roots.

Then follow (f. 31v) the translator's and copyist's colophon, which are followed by additional chapters on fractions. The text ends on f. 33r.

On f. 34, in a different hand, a short passage on addition.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper, watermark: capital letter R
Extent: [vii], 34, [xl] ff.
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil foliation

Layout

Hand(s)

Provencal cursive script

Decoration

Diagram on f. 3v

Binding

Parchment binding.

History

Origin: [Provence]; 1476

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably belongs to 13 Hebrew manuscripts that were donated to the library in 1683 by John Fell, Dean of Christ Church and Bishop of Oxford. (See the Christ Church Library Donors Book, p. 194.)

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. i, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel, with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.

Availability

Access to the Hebrew manuscripts at Christ Church is strictly by appointment only: please email library@chch.ox.ac.uk or cristina.neagu@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Microfilm

MSS R.R. Film No. F 15581

Bibliography

    Kitchin, George William, Catalogus codicum mss. qui in bibliotheca Ædis Christi apud Oxonienses adservantur (Oxford, 1867), no. 189.
    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2457.
    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. 2457.
    Steinschneider, Moritz, Die hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters und die Juden als Dolmetscher (Berlin, 1893), 557-8.

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