Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 157

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Sefer ha-ḥefets ha-shalem

Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn ʻAbbās al-Zahrāwī, -1013?, Sefer ha-ḥefets ha-shalem (Liber theoricae necnon practicae)ספר החפץ בשלם

Translated from Arabic by Meshullam ben Yonah at the request of his friend Shalem.

Note in Latin about the content (fol. [ii]r); numerous medical notes in Latin and a Hebrew note (" הספר הזה חברו החכם בגדול המכונה עלזהראוי ") on fol. [iii]r, numerous Hebrew notes on fol. [iii]v.

Numerous marginal and interlinear glosses, notes in Hebrew, some in Latin, chapter numbers in the margin.

Fols. 213-214 are blank.

Glosses, notes at the beginning (flyleaf) and indexes added at the end (fols. 212r, 215r-217r) in Italian hands.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Early Spanish paper with chain-lines spaced 50-55mm apart and zizag signs along the folding line of sheets; outer sheets of quires made of parchment.
Extent: ff. 217
Dimensions (leaf): 365 × 180 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in both Hebrew (earlier) and Arabic (more recent) numerals.


14 quires: i 18, ii 14, iii-xi 16, xii 18, xiii 20, xiv 4 Signatures in Hebrew characters, not always visible, no catchwords.


Script faded away on several folios.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.



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


Origin: [Spain]; [early-mid 13th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Censor's signature: "Dominico Irosolomitano" (fol. 212r); owner's inscription: "Liber Guil[ielmi] Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cant[uariensis] et Cancellar[ii] Universit[atis] Oxon[iensis] 1637" (fol. [iii]v)

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. 2120, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 2120, 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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MSS R.R. Film No. F 19934


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2120.
    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. 2120.