Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 118

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Book of Psalms

ff. 1r-100v
Hebrew Bible: Writings (Book of Psalms) תהילים

Partially illegible scribblings on fol. 1r; prayer for evil eye(?) on fol. 1v

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 100
Dimensions (leaf): 155 × 198 mm.
Foliation: Foliation with Arabic numerals,


13 quires: i-x 8, xi 8-1, xii 8, xiii 6-1 no signature, catchwords at the end of quires.


Low quality parchment with numerous amendments and holes: hair side and flesh side indistinguishable, pricking, ruling are often visible.


Ashkenazi square script

Fol. 100: earlier, 14th-century hand , Ashkenazi semi-cursive/cursive script.


Decorated initial-word panel (fol. 1r).


The last folio is from an earlier, 14th-century MS(fol. 100).


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled, with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Archbisop Laud in the middle; holes for straps.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; [early 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Watermark on flyleaf (to be identified); ownerships' note on fol. 1r: שייך ליורשי רוימלינגן (רויטלינגן?) , "Liber Guil[ielmi] Laude[] Archiepi[scopi] Cant.et Cancellarii Universit[atis] Oxon[iensis] 1636."

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. 111, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 111, 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 16175


    Kennicott, Benjamin, Dissertatio generalis in Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum: cum variis lectionibus, ex codicibus manuscriptis et impressis. Recudi curavit et notas adiecit Paulus Iacobus Bruns. Brunovici: Orphanotrophei, 1783.
    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 111.
    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. 111.