Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 58

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Prophets by David Kimhi

ff. 1r-174v
Kimhi, David, approximately 1160-approximately 1235קמחי, דוד בן יוסף, Commentary on the Prophets (Ezekiel and the Twelve Minor Prophets) פרוש נביאים לרד"ק (יחזקאל ותרי-עשר)

Contains from the Book of Ezekiel (from 8:4) until Zechariah (Zech. 11:13-13:6 missing).

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper (watermarks to be indentified), outer sheets of quires made of parchment, but not all of them are preserved
Extent: ff. 174
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 220 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Collation is sometimes to tight to distinguish between the quires, but the structure is most likely the following: 19 quires: i 8, ii 4, iii 10-1, iv 10, v 10-1, vi 10, vii 10-1, viii 10, ix 8-1, i[x]-viii[xvii] 10, ix[xviii] 8, x[xix] 10-1 signatures in Hebrew characters in two sequences: i-ix, then starting again i-x (in the collation I numbered them as i[x]-x[xix]. catchwords at the end of the quires.


One column; fols. 76v, 77r, 77v are blank.


Italian semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.

Additions: Loose leaf of paper between fols. 104 and 105 foliated as (i), there are notes on one side, and the address (?) on the other side.


Paper binding.


Origin: [Italy]; [mid-14th century]

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. 315, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 315, 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. 315.
    Tamani, Giuliano, "II commento di Yeda'yah BederSi al 'Canone' di Avicenna," Annali di Ca' Foscari 13, no. 3 (ser. orientale 5) (1974): 1-17. 67
    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. 315.
    ברכה (ארדוש) ריבלין, ערבים זה לזה בגיטו האיטלקי, ירושלים תשנ"א, עמ’ 148, 150, 207, 211 ועוד