Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 62

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Pentateuch with Targum Onḳelos, Five Scrolls, Hafṭarot and commentaries

ff. 1r-274v
Hebrew Bible

Commentaries: Rashi's commentary on the Pentateuch, Ibn Ezra's commentary on Esther, Song of Songs with the commentary of Abraham ben Isaac ha-Levi Tamakh,(-1393), Ruth with the commentary of Rashi and Ibn Ezra, Lamentations with the commentary of Ibn Ezra, Ecclesiastes with the commentary of Ibn Ezra (only at the beginning)

The Pentateuch was finished on Sunday the 22nd of Tammuz 5232 = 1472 by Brakhiel ben Hizkiyah Raphael Tarbut ברכיאל בר’ חזקיה רפאל טרבוט for Abraham Rava אברהם רבא

Latin note on fol. 190r, Latin notes on front flyleaf verso about content.

Colophon: "אני הסופר ברכיאל בר’ חזקיה רפאל טרבוט סיימתי זה החמש לאברהם רבא היום יום א’ כב תמוז רל"ב" (f.190r)
Language(s): Hebrew and Aramaic.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 275
Dimensions (other): 303 × 219 mm.
Dimensions (written):
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Quires of mostly 10 leaves. signatures have been probably trimmed off, only one is visible (fol. 80v), catchwords in the middle of the lower margin at the end of the quires, but often erased.


Main text surrounded by marginal texts.


Ashkenazi square and semi-cursive scripts.

Italo-Ashkenazi square script (biblical text), semi-square (Onḳelos), and Sephardi semi-cursive script (Rashi on Pentateuch), Ashkenazi semi-cursive script (commentaries on the Five Scrolls, ff. 190v-210r) and frequently pointed out elsewhere; with punctuation.


Illustrated and decorated initial-word panels (fols. 1r, 5v)

Marginal text often as carmina figurata.


White leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Northern Italy], 1472

Provenance and Acquisition

Censor's note Camillo Jaghel 1619(?) (fol. 274v) 1619.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 26, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 26, 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 33039


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    Neubauer, Adolf. Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford 1886), no.26.
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