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MS. Canonici Or. 45

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Pentateuch by Abraham ibn Ezra

ff. 1r-221r
Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164אבן עזרא, אברהם בן מאיר, Commentary on the Pentateuch פרוש התורה לראב"ע

A few corrections in the margins.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, some palimpsest leaves with fragments of Hebrew script running vertical to the present text (e.g., fols. 131-138)
Extent: ff. 221
Dimensions (leaf): 208 × 150 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


22 quires: i 10-1, ii-xxii 10 + 2 leaves signatures in Hebrew characters catchwords at the end of the quires.


Italian semi-cursive and cursive scripts.


Not decorated.


Light leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Italy]; [late 14th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Effaced deed of sale on fol. 221r saying that Benyamin ben Yoav sold the commentary to Matityah (read under ultra-violet lamp (see, Supplement by M. Beit-Arie).

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. 216, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 216, 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

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MSS R.R. Film No. F 16352


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 216.
    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. 216.