Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 114

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection



ff. 1r-275v
Sermons (Derashot) דרשות

Homilies on different subjects ( דרוש תשובה, מעלת התורה, על עון ומעשה, על הנבואה, על בפלאים, על מעלת ישראל ). Title(of the first half of the work?) at the beginning of the MS: יסורי הצדיקים והחסידים והתמימים והישרים . The author quotes the commentary of אלשך . Frequent marginal notes, where הרב לוניאדו and הרב אוזיאדה are quoted. The homilies are followed by blank leaves and different notes on biblical passages and midrashim, where רשʹ לונייאדו and כלי חמדה the book are quoted. At the end an index for the biblical passages explained in the homilies.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper (watermarks to be identified)
Extent: ff. 275
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 142 mm.
Foliation: Continuous foliation with Arabic numerals; each homily is foliated separately with Hebrew characters. Older foliation with Hebrew characters from left to right starting with 82 (end 386).


No signatures, catchwords usually in the lower margin of every verso.


Ashkenazi cursive script


Not decorated.


Light brown leather binding, blind tooled.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; [ca. 1600]

Provenance and Acquisition

Hebrew and latin inscriptions older flyleaf (fol. (i)r-v). Ownership note on fol. 1r: "Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cantaur[iensis] et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxon[iensis] 1635." Latin title on fol. 1r: "Fundamenta Iustorum". Hebrew ownership notes on fol. 275v.

Donated to the Library by Archbishop William Laud (see Summary Catalogue, vol.II, part 1, pp.13-14).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 1011, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 1011, 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. 1011.
    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. 1011.